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Port, Docks, and Terminals

Thousands of ships are pass in and out of America’s ports at any given time, and the men and women tasked with unloading and loading their cargo, performing maintenance and repairs and completing other types of harbor work face untold dangers every day. Longshoremen, stevedores, crane and forklift operators and other harbor workers are often injured in:

  • Loading accidents
  • Drydock accidents
  • Crane accidents
  • Ship salvage accidents
  • Marine terminal accidents
  • Shipyard accidents
  • Top or side handler accidents
  • Shipbreaking accidents


Many of these accidents involve:

  • Hazardous chemical exposure
  • Explosions and fires
  • Falling objects
  • Slip, trip falls
  • Inexperienced workers
  • Drowning
  • Faulty equipment
  • Safety violations


Unfortunately, most accidents are preventable and only occur because of someone’s negligence. Yet the injured are often left with not only physical issues but also financial difficulties. Some of the more common injuries we see are:

  • Broken bones
  • Crushed or severed limbs
  • Torn ligaments
  • Severe lacerations
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Serious back injuries


These injuries require medical treatment and extended recovery times, leaving the harbor worker unable to earn money to pay his or her financial obligations. However, certain laws and provisions may provide the injured worker with legal rights for compensation.

Depending on the circumstances of the accident, the worker may be able to collect damages under the Jones Act for negligence from their employer or vessel operator for their injuries. Though most dock, port, and terminal workers are protected under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (LHWCA), which allows them to sue a negligent party for past and future loss of wages, medical expenses, pain and anguish, physical disfigurement or impairment. Family members of a harbor worker who was killed on the job or resulting from an injury suffered on the job may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit for compensation.

Our firm has decades of experience fighting for the rights of dock and harbor workers across the country. We have resolved thousands of cases through relentlessly pursuing the claims of our clients using any means available through the court system.

Our maritime law firm stands ready to represent you in cases involving

  • Offloading injuries
  • Mooring line injuries
  • Crane injuries
  • Dock worker claims
  • Longshore claims


If you or a family member was injured while working as a longshore, harbor, or dock worker, fill out the form to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation.

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