The Longshore Act
The Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act is a federal law created to protect onshore maritime workers when accidents occur in onshore maritime work environments. The LHWCA, also known as the Longshore Act, is a federal law that provides replacement income, payment for medical expenses, and medical treatment after an on-the-job injury.
One of the most important things to remember about the Longshore Act is that it requires the injured party act within one year of the accident that caused the injury. This means you must act quickly to secure legal counsel and begin your case, preferably right after you are injured.
Laws like the Jones Act and state worker’s compensation can cover onshore maritime workers in special situations, though this is less common.
The best way to determine your status is to consult with a lawyer familiar with admiralty law. Having an attorney who understands the different requirements of these laws can mean the difference between having a claim delayed or denied and receiving full and fair compensation in a timely way.
Helping All Onshore Maritime Workers
We have secured compensation for a variety of onshore maritime workers under the Longshore Act. Our clients have included:
- Harbor workers
- Crane operators
- Longshoremen and dockworkers
If you have been injured in a mishap while working in a dry dock, suffered a crane accident while unloading a container ship or hurt while employed in the shipbuilding industry, you could be entitled to compensation.
At the law firm of Latti & Anderson LLP, our attorneys have been helping injured maritime workers on sea and on land for more than 50 years. We understand the various laws under which employees can obtain payment for their injuries. Contact our maritime attorneys to determine what laws apply to you and to begin the process of getting the money you need to move on with your life. We represent clients across New England and nationwide.