Experienced & Undefeated Longshoreman Accident Lawyers
If you or a loved one were injured while working on a pier, dock, oil rig, vessel, terminal, platform or ship repair facility, it’s critical that you immediately take steps to protect your rights and future.
In the past 5 years alone, our Maritime and Longshoreman Injury Lawyers have won over $1 Billion on behalf of injured Longshoreman, stevedores and harbor workers against the largest maritime companies in the country.
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All consultations are free and because we work exclusively on a contingency fee, you won’t owe us anything unless we win your case.
Longshoreman Injuries & Claims
Due to the dangerous nature of longshore work, as well as the constant presence of heavy equipment and machinery, even minor safety violations can result in catastrophic—and sometimes fatal—injuries.
If you or a loved one were injured while working as a longshoreman or stevedore, it’s critical that you work with a law firm who has the experience, resources and ability to ensure that you and your family are fully .
The longshoreman injury lawyers at Zehl & Associates have successfully represented hundreds of longshoreman throughout Texas, Louisiana and the United States and . Contact us today to put our many years of experience to work for you.
Common causes of longshoreman injury include:
- Co-worker negligence;
- Defective or malfunctioning equipment;
- Fires or explosions;
- Slips and falls;
- Crane accidents;
- Forklift accidents; and
- Exposure to harmful substances.
From strains and sprains to broken bones or even worse, all it takes is a split-second for things to go horribly wrong.
Fortunately, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is specifically designed to protect maritime workers like you who are not eligible for coverage under either the Jones Act or traditional workers’ compensation laws.
Coverage under the Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act
In order to qualify for LHWCA benefits you must either work on navigable waters or in areas close to navigable waters. These areas typically include docks, terminals, piers, oil rigs and platforms.
The types of work generally covered by the LHWCA are:
- The loading of a vessel;
- The unloading of a vessel;
- Repairing and/or maintaining a vessel;
- Constructing and/or deconstructing a vessel;
- Longshore work;
- Work on a fixed platform;
- Harbor work; and
The Cost of Being Injured as a Longshoreman
Recovering from a work-related injury often requires significant medical treatment, substantial time away from work, and a large amount of money. That’s why our Longshoreman Accident Lawyers devote whatever resources necessary to ensuring that our clients have access to the best doctors and specialists available and that they recover the maximum compensation possible.
Important Deadlines Under the Longshoreman & Harbor Workers Compensation Act
In order to be eligible for longshoreman injury benefits under the LHWCA, you MUST:
- Notify your employer of your injury within thirty (30) days of the injury.
- File a formal LHWCA claim with the U.S. Dept. of Labor within one (1) year of your injury.