Longshore & Harborworkers’ Act

Longshore & Harborworkers’ Act

Alaska Injury Lawyer Serving Fishermen, Longshoremen and Harborworkers

Martime and Admiralty Laws govern how a worker injured on a boat, commercial fishing vessel, cargo ship or other ocean-going vessel receives compensation. In a very similar manner, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) dictates how workers receive compensation for injuries sustained at work as well as occupational-disease protection

From the United States Department of Labor:

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides employment-injury and occupational-disease protection to approximately 500,000 workers who are injured or contract occupational diseases occurring on the navigable waters of the United States, or in adjoining areas, and for certain other classes of workers covered by extensions of this Act.

These benefits are paid directly by an authorized self-insured employer; or through an authorized insurance carrier; or, in particular circumstances, by a special fund administered directly by the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

If you have been injured while working on a harbor as as a longshoreman, the law office of Todd Young can help you understand your options for receiving compensation. Todd Young is more than just another injury lawyer; he has experience working as a commercial fisherman in Alaska. That experience allows him to provide a very high quality of injury law representation for people injured while working on or near a boat. Todd has a first hand understanding of the daily challenges and dangers faced by longshoremen, harbor workers and other commercial vessel related occupations.

Determining Compensation

There are pre-set levels of compensation laid out in the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. They are all expressed in terms of an average weekly salary, which is updated every year. While working with an experienced lawyer is the best way to understand the process and what to expect, we do keep the list of compensation levels for different types of injuries here.

Qualifying for Compensation

With a few exceptions (such as intentionally injuring yourself or someone else, or being intoxicated at the time of he injury) compensation will be received under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act if disability or death was caused from an injury occurring upon the navigable waters of the United States (including any adjoining pier, wharf, dry dock, terminal, building way, marine railway, or other adjoining area customarily used by an employer in loading, unloading, repairing, dismantling, or building a vessel).

Some of the more common causes of injuries to Longshoremen & Harbor workers are:

  • Fires and explosions
  • Drowning and near-drowning accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Equipment related accidents
  • Machinery or vehicle accidents
  • Crane and forklift injuries
  • Material handling injuries and accidents
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Slip and fall accidents

If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of an accident on or around an ocean going vessel and believe you are entitled to compensation under the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, contact Todd Young today. He provides a free initial consultation either in person, over the phone or via email and can help you understand the process and how to take the first step.