The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) May Apply to Your Injury
The LHWCA is a federal law that was established to provide coverage for designated maritime workers who are injured on the job. Unless a covered employee caused their injury through an attempt to do intentional harm upon themselves or others or due to intoxication, then they will generally be covered under the LHWCA. This is true even if the employee caused the accident or incident that led to their injuries within the scope of their employment. Compensation for work-related injuries is meant to be guaranteed to employees except for very limited circumstances. This guarantee comes with a trade-off, in that the employee is then not able to also sue their employer for the injuries that are covered under the LHWCA. When a third party was the cause of or contributor to your injuries, however, you may be able to pursue additional damages through a lawsuit against that third party. Determining what options are best given the unique circumstances of your injury can be difficult, but a dock accident attorney can help.