Building and repairing boats, submarines and other vessels can be a dangerous occupation. Workers may use heavy equipment and other machinery and be subjected to repetitive motions such as lifting and bending. They may also be exposed to deadly toxins and be forced to work on slick, wet or unstable surfaces. Any of these issues can result in a catastrophic or fatal injury.
If you or a family member has suffered an injury during longshore or harbor work, you may be eligible for benefits under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) or Rhode Island workers’ compensation. We can review your case and help you choose the program that is best for you. At the Law Office of Stephen J. Dennis, we have experience with each type of claim. If a negligent third party was involved, we can file a separate personal injury suit as well.
We Know Your Rights Under The LHWCA
To be eligible for benefits under the LHWCA, you must be a longshore or harbor worker who performs maritime work. This can include crane operators, mechanics, ship repairmen, shipbuilders and breakers, and warehouse workers.
Some of the most common injuries to longshore and harbor workers can include:
- Hand and Finger Injuries
- Brain Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Neck and Back Injuries
- Broken Bones and Amputations
- Injuries to Joints
- Burn Injuries
Exposure to toxins such as asbestos is possible in jobs involving shipbuilding, ship breaking and handling cargo. These workers may contract a serious or fatal occupational disease.
We can help you get medical benefits, wage replacement benefits and in some cases, a financial award/settlement.