Longshoreman, Harbor & Dock Worker Injury & Accident
The Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) provides compensation to longshoremen, harbor workers, and other maritime workers who are injured during the course of employment or suffer from diseases caused or worsened by conditions of employment.
Having previously represented stevedores, ship repair facilities and marine insurance companies for 19 years, the board certified maritime attorneys at the law firm of Brais Brais Rusak & Cerda-Collazo are in a unique position to help the longshoremen, harbor and dock workers who due to an accident have suffered serious personal injury. The lawyers at the law firm of Brais Brais Rusak & Cerda-Collazo with offices in Miami, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts and Houston, Texas are here to help longshoremen, harbor & dock workers as a result of a shipboard or pier side accident causing serious personal injury.
Medical and disability benefits, compensation for lost wages as well as rehabilitation services are recoverable under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. Like many state workers compensation laws, the right to receive benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act does not depend upon a finding that the employer was at fault. Longshore And Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act claims are administered by the Federal Department of Labor which has its own notice, time limits and procedural rules which differ from state and federal court systems.
In addition to providing certain benefits payable by employers, the Longshore And Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act also allows injured maritime workers to bring suit against negligent persons or entities, other than his/her employer, for damages in addition to those provided under the Act. Such “third-party” liability claims commonly arise when accidents occur on vessels due to the ship owners’ or crews’ negligence. Unlike Longshore And Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act claims against employers which must be administered by the Department of Labor, suits against non-employer negligent third-parties are brought in courts.
The attorneys at the law firm of Brais Brais Rusak & Cerda-Collazo have the experience to protect your rights, the compassion to serve your needs, and the skill to obtain the compensation you deserve. To reach our lawyers you may click email the firm, call 1-800-499-0551 from within the U.S., Skype BraisLaw worldwide or click Contact Us to select and complete a form for a free evaluation of your case.