Harbor workers, shipbuilders, ship repairer, and ship breakers are all eligible for protections under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. If these workers suffer shore-based injuries, the LHWCA allows for the worker to seek compensation if they are working for a U.S. company. The Act provides benefits for those injured by hazards found in docks, ports, terminals, marine railways, wharves, and building ways. Some of the benefits available include:
Death Benefits – the family of a longshoreman or harbor worker is entitled to death benefits if the worker was killed while performing their duties. Death benefits will cover funeral expenses, and provide the surviving spouse with payments equal to half of the worker’s average weekly wage and a smaller amount of compensation may be provided for their children.
Medical payments – the law affords injured maritime workers to recoup medical expenses incurred because of the injury as well as income lost while the worker is receiving treatment or recovering.
Disability Compensation – workers who are unable to earn the same wage as they did before they were injured doing work-related activities may be eligible for one of the four types of disability provided for under the LHWCA –
- Temporary disability while the worker is recovering
- Permanent disability for workers who will not recover from their injury
- Partial disability for workers who can work at a modified job
- Total disability for workers who can no longer work
Rehabilitation Services – harbor workers who suffer traumatic injuries may be eligible for rehabilitation services to help them get back to the same level they were functioning at before they were injured. These services can include physical, emotional, and occupational therapy, as well as personal assistance and transportation help.
Vocational Rehabilitation – the injured worker may also be eligible for specific services designed to help these workers overcome barriers to be able to re-enter the workforce, even if it is to a different job.
If you have been seriously injured or if you have lost a loved one in a fatal offshore accident, speak to us as soon as possible. We have decades of experience in fighting for people in the commercial maritime industries, and we stand ready to fight for you. Fill out the form for more information about what we can do for you.