Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
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Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides employment-injury and occupational-disease protection to approximately 500,000 workers who are injured or contract occupational diseases occurring on the navigable waters of the United States, or in adjoining areas, and for certain other classes of workers covered by Extensions of this Act including The Defense Base Act, the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act and the District of Columbia Workmen's Compensation Act.

These benefits are paid directly by an authorized self-insured employer; or through an authorized insurance carrier; or, in particular circumstances, by a special fund administered directly by the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation, Office of Workers' Compensation Programs within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

If you have been injured on the job and need help determining if you are eligible for benefits under the The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act you won't have to pay to find out if we may be able to help. Simply fill out our free case evaluation form on the right or give us a call and we can help you determine what your options may be according to the law.

 

Potential Workers’ Compensation Benefits

 

Depending upon a variety of factors, including the nature and severity of one’s claim, an injured worker may receive benefits or reimbursement for the following:

  • Medical treatment
  • Hospital fees
  • Prescriptions
  • Durable medical products
  • Travel expenses to attend appointments and pick up prescriptions
  • Ambulance services
  • Weekly compensation to replace lost wages
  • Vocational re-education & retraining
  • Compensation during vocational re-education & retraining
  • Occupational rehabilitation services
  • Lump sums or bi-weekly benefits for permanent impairment ratings
  • Lump sum settlements
  • Death benefits and/or funeral expenses

 

When to Speak with an Attorney

 

At the law firm of Martin L. Leibowitz, we understand that the decision to contact a lawyer regarding your workers’ compensation claim is not one that should be taken lightly. Therefore, we would suggest you speak with a lawyer if:

  • Your case has been denied
  • You are not receiving the benefits to which you are entitled
  • You are unsure whether you are receiving the benefits to which you are entitled and you want a second opinion
  • You are considering settling your workers’ compensation case

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