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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 LHWCA covers a wide range of work-related injuries, including injuries like broken bones or wounds and illnesses caused by chemical exposure.

Q: What should I do if I am injured?

A: Your first priority should be to see a doctor or medical professional, especially during an emergency. After caring for your immediate medical needs, contact Brewster Law Firm LLC.

Q: How long does the process take?

A: Many factors will alter your case and change the time you need to obtain a successful outcome. At Brewster Law Firm LLC, our attorneys are very experienced and work to streamline your recovery process so that you have as quick a resolution as possible.

Q: Why do I need an attorney?

A: Insurance companies and employers often work to minimize their financial obligations. Even when they offer you a settlement quickly, you need to review it to make sure it will actually take care of your expenses. Our attorneys help you achieve a fair settlement. 

Q: Will I have to appear in court?

A: Many people filing LHWCA claims never go to court. Instead, they recieve a settlement outside of a courtroom. We help you maximize your negotiating power and, when necessary, we prepare you thoroughly for court and represent you every step of the way.

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.