Does Maritime Law Apply If I’m Hurt on Land Near the Water?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a form of workers’ comp that provides those who are not members of a vessel crew with compensation if they are injured while working on or near the water, including:

  • Damages for lost body parts
  • Death benefits for surviving dependents
  • Two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage for as long as he or she is totally and permanently disabled
  • Two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage for as long as he or she is temporarily totally disabled
  • Vocational rehabilitation for workers who are permanently disabled
  • Medical treatment and equipment

A recent shipping container accident took place on land near the water. The incident happened at Port Newark in New Jersey and left a truck driver seriously injured, according to WLNY-TV.

Reportedly, a shipping container fell onto the truck driver’s vehicle while he was inside it, crushing part of the cab. The 43-year-old driver had to be taken to University Hospital’s trauma center following the incident.

Authorities were still investigating the cause of the incident at the time of this report.

Who Does the Longshore Act Help?

As maritime trial lawyer David Anderson explains in the video below, individuals covered by the Longshore Act include:

  • Longshoremen
  • Wharf builders
  • Marine carpenters
  • Pile-drivers

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