The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, 33 U.S.C. §§ 901 et. seq., or “LHWCA” covers certain maritime workers, including longshoremen, dock workers, certain ship builders and breakers, and most maritime workers not otherwise covered by the Jones Act. It can also cover certain other employees closely related to such operations, including some construction workers working on maritime features such as piers and high bridges over navigable waters.
Through years of litigating LHWCA claims, Mr. Smith has seen many valid claims denied by employers and insurance companies. He has also seen insurance companies frequently deny the right to choice of physician, deny valid medical claims, or pay disability benefits incorrectly or not at all. In addition to the physical injuries, being injured on the job often results in severe financial hardships for injured workers, and having an experienced maritime lawyer who is willing to take your case to trial if needed is extremely important.
Be sure to speak to a maritime attorney as soon as possible after your accident to preserve your rights and, when it is time to retain a lawyer, be sure the one you hire has both the experience and drive to take your case to trial if needed. Please note that in an LHWCA claim you have the right to choice of physician, but if you fail to exercise that right it can be waived. This is yet another reason why it is very important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after your LHWCA accident.
If you or a loved one has been injured on the job either as a longshoreman or boat builder/ breaker, it is vital you contact an attorney immediately to preserve your rights and to determine your legal options. Attorney Chuck Smith in Central Florida has handled Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation claims for 20 years. Providing attentive and personalized representation, he is experienced in both negotiations and litigation, and if you retain C.W. Smith Law, P.A., your legal matters and concerns will be handled by Mr. Smith himself.
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