The Longshore And Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Protects People Like You

Since 1927, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) has required employers to carry coverage that compensates marine workers who are injured on the job or surviving family members of those killed.

What Is The LHWCA?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act is a federal law that provides financial compensation for expenses like lost wages, medical care and rehabilitation services to nongovernment employees who are injured on the job on U.S. navigable waters or adjoining waters.

This law protects workers on oil rigs and those engaged in shipbuilding and ship repair. Extensions have been added to the LHWCA and there are exclusions as well, including boat masters, crew members and government employees of any nationality.

What Are The LHWCA Extensions?

Congress added extensions to the LHWCA to protect other categories of employees. These extensions provide the same benefits as those covered by the LHWCA. Additional coverage is provided under:

  • The Defense Base Act (DBA) — for civilian workers of any nationality who work on U.S. military bases or related public works projects overseas
  • The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) — for workers on oil rigs and those working on exploration or development projects on the Outer Continental Shelf of the U.S. coast
  • The Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act (NAFIA) — for civilian employees who work at recreation facilities, on-base exchanges and other armed forces facilities

Brewster Law Firm LLC Is Here To Protect Your Rights

When you have an LHWCA-related case, you want a knowledgeable lawyer who puts your needs first. Whether you are local to Metairie, Louisiana, or elsewhere in the United States, we will do everything in our power to assist you with your case. For a free consultation with one of our attorneys, contact us through our online request form or call 504-717-4971.