Who Qualifies Under The Longshore And Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) was created to protect employees building or repairing vessels, loading or unloading vessels, and by extension under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, employees working on oil platforms in federal waters. The most common injuries are the result of:

  • Slip-and-fall accidents
  • Forklift mishaps
  • Cargo loading or unloading mishaps
  • Oil field accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Gas explosions
  • Occupational hearing loss

If you have suffered an injury due to unsafe conditions on the job, you are entitled to compensation under the LHWCA. You may also receive compensation if you are a surviving eligible family member of someone who was killed during a workplace accident or who died as a result of his or her injuries.

Who Is Covered And Who Is Not?

Some types of employees are not covered under the LHWCA. Exclusions include:

  • Masters and crew members of vessels
  • Federal, state and foreign government employees
  • Employees covered by state workers' compensation
  • Intentional injuries incurred by employees seeking to harm themselves or others

Determining whether you are covered under the LHWCA often requires a careful legal analysis of the facts. The differences between coverage under the Jones Act, the LHWCA and a state workers' compensation law can have a substantial impact on your recovery.

Why Choose Brewster Law Firm LLC?

We focus on maritime-related cases. You will find that our office in Metairie, Louisiana, has the lawyers and staff to make the process efficient. You will also benefit from our responsive service and personal attention to your case. Because we deal almost exclusively with these types of claims, we can quickly determine the right law to pursue for your injury.

If you think you have a claim that might be covered by the LHWCA, contact our attorneys today. You can call our office at 504-717-4971 or fill out our request form online.