Longshore Accidents

The longshore field is an extensively skilled line of work that entails carrying heavy loads, rigging cargo, and operating large equipment. Longshoremen and dock workers are responsible for packing and unpacking cargo from ships, trucks, and other vessels across the East Coast ports and harbors. Usually, dockers use big equipment like cranes, transtainers, forklifts, tractors, and UTRs to load and unload large cargo.

Typically, longshore work is dangerous and poses various hazards that can cause severe injuries and even fatalities in some cases. If you're a longshore worker and cannot work due to injuries sustained at work, you may have a right to pursue compensation. The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act – LHWCA allows longshoremen to seek medical benefits and other forms of settlements from the negligent party.

However, some longshore cases can be complex, especially if the case's circumstances are unclear. At Ben Bowden, PC, we are committed to helping longshore workers pursue fair compensation under the LHWCA law. We have extensive knowledge of longshore laws and can build an aggressive case to ensure you get the best legal representation possible.

Need help? Talk to the leading Mississippi longshore accident attorney, Ben Bowden, to get started.

The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

The LHWCA was launched in 1927 to protect the rights of dockworkers, maritime, and longshoremen. This law focuses on the rights of workers who suffer workplace injuries while working on water in the United States.

It covers all the workers and personnel building vessels, loading and unloading cargo, repairing the ship, and other vessel-related tasks. Any work done at terminals, piers, dry docks, and wharves is also covered by this law. Furthermore, the LHWCA doesn't require you to prove negligence or fault to make a claim.

This means that if you've sustained injuries while on the job, you can file a compensation claim, regardless of who's at fault. Longshore accident attorneys at Ben Bowden, PC can help you navigate your case quickly to help you get the compensation you need to restore your everyday life.

Types of Longshore Accidents

Dock managers and ship owners have the sole responsibility of maintaining a safe and comfortable workplace for everybody. If the proper measures are not implemented, accidents can cause injuries and fatalities. The most common longshore accidents include:

  • Crane mishaps
  • Chemical exposure
  • Falling objects
  • Drowning
  • Falling from height
  • Equipment malfunctions
  • Amputations

Who is Covered by the Longshore Compensation Act?

There are a variety of injuries that are covered under the Act. Of course, every case is different, and the path to financial recovery may depend on the circumstances that caused your accident. Generally, however, the Longshore Compensation Act covers things such as:

  • Construction workers injured on marine structures
  • Shipbuilders and other craftsmen who are injured while doing maintenance work
  • Civilian workers who sustain injuries in war zones, mainly in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Longshoremen and other workers carrying heavy cargo at ship terminals

To determine whether or not you have a case under the Longshore Compensation Act, you should speak with an experienced injury attorney about your accident.

Get an Experienced Mississippi Longshore Accident Attorney Today

If you need help with your longshore case, consult with an experienced Mississippi longshore accident attorney, Ben Bowden, for help. Get in touch by calling (228) 896-5652 and schedule your free consultation today.

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