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Fort Lauderdale Longshore Injury

Longshore Injury

Longshore labor can be strenuous and dangerous work. Hundreds of maritime accidents occur every year in Florida. Because of the nature of this type of work, injuries can be very severe and long-lasting.

Types Of Longshore Accidents

A number of accidents occur every year related to longshore work. Here are some of the most common types of accidents we have dealt with:

  • Slips and falls
  • Equipment, machinery, or vehicle accidents
  • Fires or explosions
  • Drowning accidents
  • Exposure to chemicals or other hazardous materials
  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Strain injuries
Longshore And Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

If you suffered an injury performing longshore work the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) protects you. You are entitled to compensation, medical care, and vocational rehabilitation if you were disabled while working in navigable United States waters, or adjoining areas, used to load, unload, repair, or build vessels.

The LHWCA also provides injured longshore workmen with disability compensation. This amounts to two-thirds of the worker’s weekly salary while he or she recovers. If a longshoreman is permanently disabled, he or she can receive compensation, based on the percentage of disability. If a longshoreman dies in a work-related accident, his or her surviving family members may receive compensation for expenses and lost wages.

Under the LHWCA, an employer does not have to be at fault for the worker to recover benefits. Therefore, there need not be any concern that making a claim under the Act will cause your employer to get in trouble. If you are a longshoreman who has been injured in a work-related accident, there is no reason to delay making a claim. One of our experienced attorneys can assist you with the process.

Contact One Of Our Experienced Longshore Accident Lawyers

If you, or a loved one, have been injured in a longshore accident, our experienced legal team is prepared to help. You must give written notice of your injury to your employer within 30 days of the accident or within 30 days of realizing you have n injury or disability related to your job.

Filing a LHWCA claim is complicated. There are a number of rules and procedures to follow to receive the benefits provided under the Act. That is why it is critical to seek the assistance of an experienced longshore injury lawyer to help you protect your rights and obtain the compensation you are entitled to.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced personal injury lawyers, call our Ft. Lauderdale/South Florida offices at 305-448-8585, or toll free at 877-448-8585; or fill out our online contact form. Consultations are available in English, Spanish, and Creole.

Client Reviews
Carolyn Frank and her firm represented me on a workers compensation injury case, under the defense base act. She did a excellent job from the moment I contacted her until 3 years later the case was settled. Every benefit I was entitled too, Carolyn fought hard to secure. E-mails and phone calls were always returned promptly. Definitely 5 star rating. Daniel
Highly recommending Carolyn Frank would be an understatement. Being careful as to whom I would give my case to as I had dedicated most of my adult life to one company. I needed someone who would work for me, value my case and my needs. Carolyn Frank and her valued staff met all of the above. From the first meeting I knew I was in the right office. Her knowledge, professionalism and what I would soon find to be outstanding dedication to my case from her and her staff were second to none. Marcos G.
Mr. Friedman was my choice after a dog bite attack. Him and his firm took on my case in a very professional matter without lacking empathy. I felt like he and his team personally cared for me and they kept me up to date on every step of the process. The outcome was great and I am very happy that I have chosen them. I already have recommended them to my friends and family and if you are looking for legal support I highly recommend a meeting with the firm. Any first time consultation is free, ( to my knowledge). So what do you have to lose. Give them a call! You'll be in great hands. Nora N.
Caroyln's expertise and compassion got me through a very trying period of my life. She is an excellent lawyer and human being. 5 Star all the way! Lois H.
I met Carolyn Frank about three years ago. Once I met her I knew she was the attorney I needed to handle my case.When we met with her the first time we were there for at least two hours. When I left her office I knew she was the right person to handle my case.At that time my case was 22 years old and I needed someone who knew what they were doing. This was a complex case and it fell under the Long shore Act..There are not many attorneys that handle this type of case in Florida. Mike P.