Texas Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act Attorney | Houston
The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) protects employees injured while loading or unloading ships, as well as workers involved in the repair of seagoing vessels. The Act helps to fill the void between the Jones Act, which covers injured seamen, and regular workers compensation insurance that will not cover people who are injured while doing work on or near navigable waters. A Texas Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act attorney at Richard J. Plezia & Associates is experienced in handling cases of injury to harbor workers and harbor facility workers.
In addition, a third party may be found legally responsible for your injuries, which allows you to potentially maintain a third party Longshore claim. The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act may entitle you to compensation for your injury, and we can help.
Common Longshoremen and Harbor Worker Injuries
Injuries and fatalities to longshoremen and harbor workers are common. Some types of accidents include:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Drowning or near drowning
- Crane and forklift injuries
- Fires and explosions
- Material handling injuries
- Scaffolding accidents
- Equipment related accidents
The claimant must make a connection between work, injury, and an accident that occurred on the job. Furthermore, the injury must occur within the time and space boundaries of the job or during job-related activates. At the Law Offices of Richard J. Plezia & Associates, our experienced maritime lawyers can examine all the details of your injury and help determine the best way to proceed.
Am I Eligible Under The Longshore and Harbor Workers Act?
The LHWCA covers a wide variety of maritime occupations. A few of these occupations include:
- Harbor Workers
- Ship Repairers
- Winch operators
- Dock men
- Forklift operators
- Pile drivers
- Pier constructors
If you are eligible, the Act provides full medical and wage benefits in the aftermath of an injury accident. The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act covers employees working at any facility used as an aid to navigation or maritime commerce.
When To File A Claim?
An employee or dependent must give written notice to the employer within 30 days of the date of injury, or within 30 days after the employee becomes aware of the relationship between the injury and the employment in a maritime occupation. The statute of limitations for filing a case extends one year from the date of injury or one year from the date the employee became aware of the connection between work and the injury.
How Can A Texas Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act Attorney Help?
If you or a loved one is a longshoreman or harbor worker that has been injured on the job, Richard J. Plezia & Associates wants to hear from you. The LHWCA holds the employee responsible for reasonable and necessary medical treatment. It is our job to hold the employer financially accountable for all of your rehabilitation needs. As the injured employee, you have the right to choose your own physician to treat your injuries. Our Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act attorneys in Houston can represent you throughout your maritime law injury claims process.