The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides employment-injury and occupational-disease protection to 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. The LHWCA is a federal law and covers longshoremen, ship breakers, shipbuilders, ship repairmen, and harbor workers. The Act does not cover a master or members of a vessel's crew; these workers are covered by other federal laws such as the Jones Act.
The LHWCA requires that compensation be provided in the form of time-loss payments, medical and vocational expenses, and permanent disability compensation for injuries. Though the law was designed to be a simple, efficient, no-fault system of compensation for on-the-job injuries, it can be a nightmare if your employer or its insurer denies your right to benefits. Our experienced longshore and maritime attorneys will thoroughly handle each aspect of the case, including filing the initial claim, ensuring that a claimant receives the full benefits provided by law, litigating disputed cases at trial before the United States Department of Labor administrative law judges, writing appellate briefs, and presenting oral argument to the appellate tribunals.
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