If You Were Injured While Loading or Unloading Cargo, Repairing, or Building a Ship, You May Be Eligible to File a Longshore Claim
Harbors and docks can be dangerous places to the hardworking men and women helping to keep our supply chains moving. If you’ve been hurt while working to load or off-load cargo, while building or repairing a ship, doing construction at a port, or as a contract employee working at one of the many US bases overseas you may be entitled to file a claim under the Longshore Harbor Workers’ Claim Act. These benefits can provide critical assistance like medical coverage, lost wages, and more. Knowing which laws apply to people whose jobs require them to be on or near the navigable waters of the US requires a lawyer with specialized experience in these matters. Luckily, for more than 60 years, the longshore disability lawyers at Rutter Mills have been focused on helping clients get the full amount they are due after a life-changing injury.
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Claims
From tug boat captains to welders, truck drivers to forklift operators, people who work around the navigable waters of the U.S. are eligible for specific benefits when they get hurt on the job through the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA). This act provides different benefits from the state laws that govern injuries sustained on land. That’s why, when you have a longshore case, you need a workers comp injury attorney who is well-versed in the intricacies of the LHWCA.
Rutter Mills has focused on Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act cases for decades. We have the knowledge and experience to get you the money you deserve for things like lost wages; payment of medical expenses; vocational rehabilitation services; or death benefits for surviving families of fatal accident victims. If you think you have a claim, report it to your supervisor right away. Then, contact us to see how a Rutter Mills Longshore Disability lawyer can help you during a free consultation.
Longshore Vs. State Workers’ Compensation Claims
Most injuries sustained while at work are governed by state workers’ compensation laws. Workers’ compensation was designed to protect the rights of injured workers on land, unfortunately, it did not protect workers on the water when an injury or death occurred. In 1927, the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act was passed to provide protection for workers not based on land. But knowing who qualifies for each type of coverage can be a complex process.
The determination of eligibility for longshore cases does not rest in the hands of the insurance company. Instead, the Department of Labor will decide whether an injury or accident meets the criteria for benefits coverage.
Employees in the following roles are often covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act:
- Winch operators
- Dock men
- Forklift operators
- Pile drivers
- Longshore workers and operators
- Ship repairmen
- Harbor construction workers
Knowing how and when to file these claims and determining the type of case you have requires an experienced lawyer, familiar with workers’ compensation law, as well as, longshore, and maritime law. At Rutter Mills, we’ve spent more than 60 years helping people get the justice they deserve in longshore cases.
What should I do if I am injured on the water or dock?
If you suffer an accident or injury on the job, report it to your employer and get medical attention right away. Notify your supervisor as soon as possible, detailing the injury and the way it occurred. You have just 1 year to file a claim under the LHWCA. Then contact an attorney. Rutter Mills has successfully handled longshore cases for more than 60 years.
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