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Longshore & Shipyard Injuries

03. Longshore and Ship Yard Injuries

Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)

Longshore workers face numerous occupational dangers every day. Injuries can result in severe hardships, including steep medical bills and missed time from work.
 

If you work in a shipyard or waterfront occupation and have been injured on the job, your claim will fall under the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA covers a broad range of maritime occupations, including:

  • Shipbuilders

  • Stevedores

  • Dock workers

  • Terminal workers

  • Seamen

  • Crane operators

  • Engineers

  • Vessel repair workers

Longshore Injuries

Longshore occupations are often not covered under state workers' compensation laws. For effective legal representation, you must work with an attorney who is experienced in LHWCA claims. At Thiry & Caddell, LLP , we have more than 40 years of experience representing injured workers in Alabama, including those in maritime occupations.
 

If a third party is responsible for your injury, you may pursue a claim under personal injury law, depending on the circumstances of your accident.
 

If your injury has left you disabled, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. We are a full-service injury and disability law firm and can help you explore all avenues of compensation.

Traditional workers' compensation cases your employer chooses your doctor for you. If you have a claim under Longshore workers' compensation you get to choose your initial doctor but you cannot change to another doctor. You do not get a panel of four. This is why it is imperative to speak to an attorney prior to choosing your doctor. 
 

Because Longshore compensation falls under federal law and not state there are a lot of moving parts. The process can take a long time, even years, to actually reach a settlement.

These cases can be very complicated and it is difficult to explain the entire process on a website page.  Contact Renee to get all of your questions regarding Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation answered.

  40+Years  of Experience

Free Consultation

There is never a fee for your consultation. These are complicated cases and can take a long time to receive a settlement. We know the system and will make sure nothing is missing during the process.