Maritime workers who are not covered by the Jones Act or state workers’ compensation laws may be protected and able to obtain benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA or the longshore act, as it’s commonly known, can provide certain maritime workers with benefits in the event they are hurt while working or they develop certain types of occupational diseases.

As with many workers’ compensation laws, however, the LHWCA is complicated, and obtaining benefits under this law may be far more challenging than people realize. To ensure that you or your loved one is able to secure the full amount of benefits they deserve under the LHWCA, contact the Colorado Springs Workers’ Compensation Lawyer at Shakeshaft-Gorman. Their lawyers have the experience, skills and knowledge you can count on to help you get the benefits you need and deserve.

LHWCA Claims: Who is Eligible for Benefits Under the LHWCA

Maritime workers who need help filing LHWCA claims can rely on Kenneth Shakeshaft to help them obtain the LHWCA benefits they need and deserve.

Maritime workers who need help filing LHWCA claims can rely on Kenneth Shakeshaft to help them obtain the LHWCA benefits they need and deserve.

Filling the gap left by the Jones Act and state workers’ compensation programs, the LHWCA specifically covers workers who are not considered to be “seamen” but who do work on navigable waterways and “adjoining areas,” such as docks, dry docks, terminals and piers.

Some of the specific types of maritime workers who can be eligible for benefits under the LHWCA include (but are not limited to):

  • Longshoremen
  • Shipbuilders
  • Mechanics and technicians
  • Dock workers
  • Maritime maintenance workers (on any U.S. waterway).

LHWCA Claims and Benefits

When the maritime workers who are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act end up being injured while working (or develop occupational illnesses), the LHWCA stipulates that these individuals can:

  • Receive workers’ compensation benefits that are 2/3 of their average weekly wages
  • Obtain benefits to cover their medical bills and rehabilitation needs
  • Receive LHWCA benefits for permanent partial disability, permanent total disability, temporary total disability and temporary partial disability.

Additionally, families who lose a loved one covered by the LHCWA can also receive death benefits under this Act.

When it comes to applying for and obtaining LHCWA benefits, however, there may be various requirements and time lines that injured people have meet and comply with; otherwise, they can lose their claims to these benefits.

For instance, while injured maritime workers covered by the LHWCA are required to report their injuries to their employers within 30 days of being injured, the law states that they only have one year from the date of their injury to file a formal claim with the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (a division of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs) in order to obtain benefits.

Colorado Springs Workers’ Compensation Attorney at Shakeshaft-Gorman Law Firm, LLP

Are you a maritime worker who has been injured at work or recently diagnosed with an occupational illness? If so, the Colorado Springs Workers’ Compensation Attorney at Shakeshaft-Gorman Law Firm, LLP is ready to advocate your rights and help you obtain the full amount of LHWCA benefits to which you are entitled. Since 1982, Shakeshaft-Gorman Law Firm, LLP has been committed to helping injured people, providing them with superior legal service and aggressively standing up to insurance companies, large corporations and/or government entities on their behalf.

While you can trust the Colorado Springs Workers’ Compensation Attorneys with Shakeshaft-Gorman Law Firm, LLP to always fight for your rights to compensation, you can also rely on them and all of the legal professionals to help you efficiently navigate the complexities of the workers’ compensation system and to bring your case to a successful resolution in the most efficient manner possible.

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