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. Common injuries include:
- Slipping on deck or falling off ladders, man baskets and swing ropes
- Forklift accidents, and injuries when moving cargo
- Crane accidents, including machinery failure or other accidents
- Platform explosions or fires
If you sustain an injury, are providing for your loved one after their injury or are a surviving spouse, you may be eligible for support.
Some personnel are ineligible for support under the LHWCA, including crew members, government employees and individuals eligible for state workers’ compensation. 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.