The Longshore & Harbor Worker Accident Lawyers at Zehl & Associates
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 recovered over $1 Billion in settlements and verdicts on behalf of injured workers against the largest maritime and Stevedore companies in the country.
All consultations are free, and there’s no commitment involved.
Longshoreman Injuries & Claims:
Due to the inherently dangerous nature of longshore work, as well as the constant presence of heavy equipment and machinery, it is all too easy to be the victim of a longshoreman injury. If you have been hurt while on-the-job, you need an experienced, aggressive law firm to fight for you.
The attorneys at Zehl & Associates have successfully represented hundreds of longshoreman following their on-the-job injuries. Contact us today to put our many years of experience to work for you.
Common causes of this 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
Recovering from a Longshoreman Injury
Recovering from an injury can require extensive medical treatment, a lot of time and a large amount of money. That’s why our firm is always ready to help our clients by making sure they have access to the best doctors and specialists available regardless of their financial situation.
If you have suffered this type of injury, your recovery process may include:
- Physical therapy;
- Ongoing medical care;
- Permanent disability; and
- A lifetime of prescription medications and treatments.
IMPORTANT LHWCA DEADLINES
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.
Call 1-888-603-3636 for a Free Consult with our Attorneys:
Our Maritime and Longshoremen Attorneys have helped hundreds of injured longshoremen receive maximum compensation for their on-the-job injuries.