The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides protection to approximately 500,000 maritime workers across the United States who are injured while on a vessel in the navigable waters of the United States or its adjoining areas. This includes areas used in loading, unloading, repairing and building vessels, as well as areas being built or repaired to aid navigation, such as fender systems.

The LHWCA provides over $747 million in monetary, medical and vocational rehabilitation benefits in more than 27,000 cases annually for maritime workers and various other special classes of private industry employees disabled or killed by employment injuries or occupational diseases. In addition, the LHWCA program maintains over $2.8 billion in securities to ensure the continuing provision of benefits for these injured workers in cases of employer insolvency. Claimants depend upon timely receipt of benefits to provide food, housing and a minimal standard of living for themselves and their families.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act 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).

Navigating a Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claim is a very complex and tedious process. If you have been injured on or in a surrounding area described above, contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Doolittle & Tucker, P.A. for your Free Case Evaluation today. No recovery, no fees.

Timeline of the Longshore Process