Longshore And Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act FAQ

Brewster Law Firm LLC of Metairie, Louisiana, has answers to questions regarding the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA).

Q: What is the LHWCA?

A: The LHWCA is a federal workers' compensation law that provides compensation for lost wages, medical treatment, disability and rehabilitation services for injured workers.

Q: Why does the LHWCA exist?

A: The LHWCA bridges the gap between state workers' compensation and federal maritime remedies.

Q: Whom does the LHWCA cover?

A: It covers workers who build or repair vessels and barges along navigable bodies of water. The act also covers workers involved in the loading and unloading of vessels and barges along navigable bodies of water. Finally, the act covers employees working on offshore oil platforms in federal waters.

Q: What does the LHWCA cover?

A: The act covers any injury or occupational disease incurred on the job as well as deaths resulting from workplace accidents.

Q: What should I do if I am injured?

A: Immediately seek medical treatment, report your injury to your employer and contact Brewster Law Firm LLC.

Q: How long does the process take?

A: Several factors can affect the duration of a claim, but at Brewster Law Firm LLC, we work hard to make the process as efficient and hassle-free as possible.

Q: Why do I need an attorney?

A: Your employer will have an insurance company and an attorney managing the claims process. You should have representation ensuring that your recovery is fair. Our lawyers focus on these types of claims, so we know how to handle them.

Q: Will I have to appear in court?

A: Our office is often able to obtain benefits for our clients without litigation; however, sometimes trial is necessary. We will prepare your case for trial from day one so you are ready and comfortable if we need to appear before a judge.

Q: What's the difference between the Jones Act and the LHWCA?

A: The Jones Act covers crew members on marine vessels. The LHWCA covers port, dock and shipyard workers. The LHWCA also covers offshore oil field workers in federal waters. It is important to have an attorney who knows the difference between these laws so you obtain the benefits you are entitled to.