Fort Lauderdale 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
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.