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Experienced & Undefeated Longshoreman Accident Lawyers

Longshoreman Accident Lawyer | Stevedore Accident Lawyer | Maritime Lawyer

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.

Contact our Longshoreman Injury Lawyers at 1-888-603-3636 or by Clicking Here

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;
  • Electrocution;
  • Slips and falls;
  • Drowning;
  • 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
  • Stevedoring.

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:

  1. Notify your employer of your injury within thirty (30) days of the injury.
  2. File a formal LHWCA claim with the U.S. Dept. of Labor within one (1) year of your injury.

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I hired Zehl when I was severely injured doing a Plug and Abandonment job offshore. I'm glad I did, they were incredible. They walked me through every step of the case, made sure that I got to the best doctors, and were always there for me when I was having trouble paying bills when the case was pending. I always felt that I was in good hands and well taken care of, which relieved a lot of my stress and helped put me at ease. Eric and the team at Zehl and Associates represented my best interests, I highly recommend them.
Derrick Collins
Derrick Collins
21:03 14 Jun 17
I was hesitant to file a lawsuit when I was injured at work, because I didn't know what to expect and my company kept telling me that "they were going to take care of me." But the medical bills kept piling up, I wasn't able to work and make money to support my family. Eric Allen and the staff at Zehl put me at ease about the process, kept me to up date about what was going on, and devoted all their resources to making sure that I had the money I needed to pay all my medical expenses and take care of myself and my family. I can honestly say that working with Eric, Ryan and the Zehl team was one of the best decisions we've ever made. Thank you.
Maura Burnett
Maura Burnett
22:17 12 Jun 17
After I was injured at a chemical plant, I needed time to recover from my injuries and a lawyer who could stand up for me and my family against my company. Ryan Zehl was recommended to me from a coworker. Ryan worked hard to prepare my case and kept me and my family in the loop through the entire process. At the end they were able to get me a settlement that was much more than we had expected. I’d recommend Ryan and the team at Zehl to anyone who needs an injury lawyer who’s aggressive, honest and dedicated to protecting their clients.
Jeffrey Hutson
Jeffrey Hutson
15:47 12 May 17
Thanks to the hard work from Ryan and his team, a dangerous product that could have hurt thousands of people is now off the street. Even though I suffered from the lack of safety checks from this product, I am happy to have “taken the bullet”, to keep other people safe. Special thanks to Tommy Servos, who kept me informed through out the whole trial and helped me get a record recovery!
Kevin Nunn
Kevin Nunn
20:30 14 May 17
I grew up in Texas and went to work on an oil rig just like my dad did. It was a point of pride to follow in the same career path as my father, but no one warned me about the constant pending danger of being on the rig. My team and I are professionals that follow the rules and keep safety as priority number 1. But there are some factors to this job that can’t be controlled. Just like the BP Deep Water Horizon oil spill, my rig suffered an explosion due to the lack of up keep and maintenance from our superiors. Ryan Zehl came to our aid to get the compensation my crew and I needed. Having a Houston personal injury attorney from back home represent us was truly a personal and eye opening experience. He truly cared about us and thanks to him, I can recover with my family and the safety precautions on the rig have never been tighter.
Catherine J. Bates
Catherine J. Bates
02:23 06 Mar 17
Husband was killed at a refinery to the lack of safety checks performed by the company he worked for. When I found out he was gone I was so devastated and scared for our family I wasn’t sure what the next step would be. At first I thought his company would do the right thing and take care of us. But was I wrong. They tried to say we could only recover worker’s comp and had no claim against the company. I hired Ryan because of their experience with plant and refinery accident cases. I was so impressed at how professional and caring Ryan and his entire team were. They would call to check on me and my kids and always made sure I had money to pay bills and get presents for my kids on there birthdays and at Christmas. I don’t know where we’d be without there help. Because of Ryan and his team, I was able to pay off the house, put a trust together for my kids to make sure they’re able to pay for college, and never have to worry about having enough money to take care of myself and the kids again. We are so grateful for everything they did for us. Thank you.
Silvana Teixeira
Silvana Teixeira
06:52 06 Jun 17
Ryan and his team at Zehl & Associates were outstanding from when I first hired them to when they got my case settled. I couldn’t be happier with the results and the work at this law firm has done. I am very thankful and don’t hesitate to give them 5 out 5 stars! You want these guys are your side.
Jhon Abraham
Jhon Abraham
16:53 13 May 17
I came to Zehl Law Firm after I was injured in a car accident. They made me feel comfortable and explained things so I understood what to expect. Along with excellent communication. They were always quick to respond and update me on everything. Kelvin Hayes did a great job with my case and I would be happy to refer him to anyone looking for a auto injury lawyer.
Cody Pennington
Cody Pennington
21:31 03 Jul 17
I highly recommend Zehl Law! When I was injured on the job, I reached out to Ryan’s office and was greeted with support. I was well taken and care of and really appreciate how the law firm professionals went above and beyond their call of duty to help me. Now I can recover without having to worry about money until I am well enough to get back on the job. Thanks guys!
Anna Cris
Anna Cris
12:07 12 Jul 17
I can't even explain the blessing of having Zehl & Associates in our life. This firm has been like family to us and changed our lives forever. Great, friendly Law Firm that I recommend everyone to go to. One on one with your attorney, the fact that you dont have to worry about anything, they handle the whole process! I want to thank Zehl & Associates for an amazing job! #best personalinjurylawyers
Laura Blanco
Laura Blanco
04:00 17 Aug 17
Tommy Servos handled my dads pharmaceutical suit and thanks to all his hard work, my dad is now getting the proper treatment he needs and we won't have to worry about the hefty costs that come with it.
Pasquale D'argenzi
Pasquale D'argenzi
02:29 07 Jul 17
Thanks to Ryan and his team, I was able to get the compensation I deserved after being hurt while at work. They kept me up to date and made sure that I had everything I needed going forward. This group is top notch
Jason Cordell
Jason Cordell
03:02 05 May 17
We've had the opportunity to work jointly on cases with Ryan Zehl and his law firm. The attorneys at Zehl & Associates are smart, professional, and great to work with. I recommend them without hesitation.
Hughes Ellzey, LLP
Hughes Ellzey, LLP
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