The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a workers’ compensation law enacted in 1927 that aims to cover certain workers who have been involved in accidents that occurred on the navigable waters of the country or in adjacent areas, such as docks and piers. Broadly, LHWCA is a bill that entitles certain maritime and ship workers to be compensated for partial or total disability, temporary or permanent loss of earning capacity, and medical bills during treatments.
The United States Department of Labor has outlined certain workers who are eligible for compensation through this act, including:
- Ship builders
- Ship breakers
- Ship repairers
On the other hand, the act excludes certain maritime workers, including:
- Certain workers covered by a state’s workers compensation law
- Employees of the U.S. government, any U.S. state, or any foreign government
- Seamen (members of a crew of any vessel)
If you are a longshoreman or a harbor worker injured while on duty in Norfolk, our attorneys at Joe Miller Law, might be able to help you pursue much-needed workers’ compensation under the LHWCA. Call us at (888) 694-1671 to find out more about how we can help you.