Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

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When maritime workers suffer injuries, there are complex laws regulating the process. In particular, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act covers maritime workers who work on or near navigable waters, but there are numerous nuances and exceptions to determining who is covered, and the process itself is extremely difficult. If you are a longshore worker, harbor worker, ship repair person, ship builder or similar maritime worker who has been hurt on the job, talk with an experienced attorney who can help you through the legal process.

At Hofmann & Schweitzer, we have an exceptional team handling maritime injuries of all kinds, including claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Lawyers from our firm have been representing injured clients throughout New York City's five boroughs since 1977, and we can help make sure you get the best compensation award available under the law.

How To Obtain Compensation

Claims under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act are similar to workers' compensation claims. Injured workers have an opportunity to obtain compensation through the legal system that works much like a standard workers' compensation claim.

Since workers' compensation rarely covers the full extent of medical costs and other damages, injured workers often look for other means of compensation. Although injured harbor and longshore workers cannot sue their employees directly, there are other options available. One of the most effective options involves third-party liability claims. In these claims, injured workers bring lawsuits against third parties (not the employees or co-workers) who were in some way responsible for the accident that caused the injuries.

If some of the tools being used were defective, a dock itself was faulty or a third-party vendor acted negligently to cause an accident: These are examples of potential third-party claims.

If you have been injured, talk with our lawyers even if you're not sure whether you have a claim. We'll discuss your situation, help you determine whether you have a viable claim, and explain your rights and options.

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