The Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal act that protects the rights of marine construction workers. The LHWCA provides legal remedies for marine industry employees to be compensated for work-related injuries and accidents. The Act also provides for compensation for survivors in cases involving fatal accidents.
Any navigable waters of the United States including piers, wharfs, docks, seawalls, and any other construction project adjoining the water of rivers, canals or any other waters leading into navigable water are all regulated under federal law.
Marine construction encompasses a wide array of professions, from oil rig workers to engineers. Some of the jobs in the marine construction industry include:
Federal law requires Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation coverage for all workers that perform work on any pier, dock, wharf, seawall or other construction project adjoining the water are required by Federal law. Businesses that hire a contractor for a marine construction project that does not have Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation insurance, can ultimately be held financially responsible in the event of an injury or death.
If you were injured on the job, or someone you love was involved in a fatal marine construction accident while working on a marine construction job, contact us today to arrange for your free initial consultation and case evaluation. You may be entitled to more than you think. If we take your case, you do not pay anything unless we recover for you. With law offices in San Pedro, and San Diego, CA and Honolulu Hawaii our attorneys are here to help you get the compensation you deserve.