Houma Longshore & Harbor Workers Injury
Experienced Houma Longshore Accident Lawyers. Make the Wright Call.
Experienced Houma Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Accident Lawyers Focused on Helping You.
The Houma longshore injury lawyers of Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC have represented maritime workers and longshoremen for decades.
Our Louisiana attorneys have recovered millions for injured maritime workers, longshoremen and harbor workers. We can help you.
HOUMA LONGSHORE & HARBOR WORKERS’ INJURY LAWYERS WHO KNOW YOUR WORK
Longshoremen and maritime workers are exposed to unique hazards each day on the job. Whether working offshore, on the waterfront or dockside, workers must deal with dangerous conditions, equipment, cargo and machinery each day that can cause injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a longshore or maritime injury, you need to contact trial attorneys with experience in handling maritime claims.
You do serious work, and it’s important you understand your rights after an accident. Federal maritime law addresses your rights as a worker in the maritime industry. Our team of Houma maritime injury lawyers take your injuries and livelihood seriously, and we will fight to protect your legal rights after you have suffered an injury that puts your future in jeopardy.
We have helped numerous workers with maritime and admiralty law cases in Louisiana obtain the compensation they deserve. Our lawyers and dedicated support staff will help you navigate the injuries, loss of work and other challenges that come with these complex cases.
UNDERSTANDING LONGSHOREMEN & HARBOR WORKERS’ CLAIMS
If you are a longshoreman, or a port worker who has been injured while loading, unloading, repairing or building a ship, we can help you recover under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). This is a federal statute that provides injured longshoreman such as crane operators, maritime workers, repairmen, welders, electricians, painters, dock builders, dredge operators, terminal employees and shipbuilders with medical and compensation benefits.
Many workers based out of Houma, working out of the Port of Terrebonne and Port Fourchon qualify for these benefits. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Workers’ Compensation Plans (OWCP) administers the allocation of LHWCA benefits through the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC).
The Longshore Act specifically provides for the payment of compensation for disability or death of an employee resulting from an injury occurring upon the navigable waters used by an employee in loading, unloading, repairing, dismantling or building a vessel.
It can also provide payment to surviving family members of workers who have been killed on the job. The law applies to most employees whose work takes place on a pier, wharf, dry dock, shipyard, marine railway, or an adjoining location. The LHWCA is similar to the Jones Act, but it is much broader in its coverage of employees.
Injured in a Maritime Accident? Make the Wright Call.
THE LHWCA PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING TYPES OF BENEFITS TO INJURED WORKERS:
- Payment of medical expenses
- Payment of disability compensation
- Rehabilitation services
The LHWCA mandates that employers provide for all medical care and rehabilitation necessary to treat injuries sustained by a longshoreman during the course of employment. Workers are also entitled to select the doctor of his or her choice for treatment. The employer is also required to pay disability compensation to the injured worker at a rate of two-thirds of the worker’s average weekly wage. Within the LHWCA, some injuries have a uniquely established rate and compensation schedule.
If death is caused by an injury, the LHWCA requires employers to pay funeral expenses and other compensation to the surviving spouse and family. The Houma longshore and maritime lawyers at Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards are experienced at helping workers in Louisiana successfully pursue LHWCA claims.
Working in the maritime industry is challenging with many responsibilities, and injuries are possible, but it’s not part of the job description and should not be accepted. There are laws designed to protect you, and proper legal representation is an important part of the process.
If you have been injured in a Houma maritime accident, you need to immediately seek legal representation. Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC offers a FREE consultation to evaluate your case. If you DO NOT recover damages, we DO NOT charge a fee.
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WHEN INJURED, YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE IS YOUR LAWYER.
MAKE THE WRIGHT CHOICE.
WHEN INJURED, YOUR MOST IMPORTANT CHOICE IS YOUR LAWYER.
MAKE THE WRIGHT CHOICE.
The LHWCA & Third-Party Lawsuits.
Longshoreman and other maritime workers may be able to file a third-party lawsuit if they have been injured due to negligence of someone other than their employer, or co-workers. As a longshoreman, you have a right to benefits under the LHWCA whether your injury was caused by your employer’s negligence or not.
In a third-party lawsuit, the investigation will be critical to your case. Compensation from a third-party can far exceed the benefits you obtain under the LHWCA, and it is crucial to consult an attorney to ensure your rights are protected. If you, or a loved one, was injured in a longshore or maritime accident due to negligence by a third party, contact our maritime and admiralty lawyers.
We have decades of experience in defective equipment cases, maritime operations and offshore work. Our law firm has the resources to undertake a comprehensive investigation and establish the liability of the third party. We will aggressively achieve a successful outcome for you, or you will pay nothing. Our law firm offers free consultations to understand your case, and these meeting are completely confidential.
COMMON ACCIDENTS TO HOUMA LONGSHOREMEN AND MARITIME WORKERS
Longshoremen and harbor workers’ injuries and fatalities are commonly caused by accidents including:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Drowning or near-drowning accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Machinery or vehicle accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Equipment related accidents
- Crane and forklift injuries
- Material-handling injuries accidents
COMMON INJURIES TO HOUMA LONGSHOREMEN & MARITIME WORKERS
Longshoremen are exposed to dangers each day at work. Even with proper training, accidents still happen, and these injuries are unfortunately among the most common:
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures
- Brain Injuries
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Chemical Injuries
- Crush Injuries
- Hearing & Vision Loss
- Herniated Disc Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Repetitive Use Injuries
- Shoulder Injuries
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Wrongful or Accidental Death
- Asbestos-related injuries, including Mesothelioma
THE LHWCA EXCLUDES THESE TYPES OF EMPLOYEES FROM COVERAGE
- Shipbuilders who are employed to build recreational vessels smaller than 65 feet long
- People employed by a marina and who are not engaged in the construction, replacement, or expansion of the marina (except for routine maintenance)
- Mechanics or repairmen for recreational vessels
- Aquaculture workers
- Captains and crew members of vessels, for instance any type of boat or ship. These workers are entitled to protection under a federal law known as the Jones Act.
JONES ACT REPRESENTATION FOR MARITIME WORKERS
If you were injured in a barge accident, on a tugboat or suffered an injury while employed on a ship, a floating structure or vessel, you could have a Jones Act claim. Don’t risk filing your Jones Act case until you have talked to an experienced, aggressive Houma Jones Act attorney who understands all types of maritime accidents and the Jones Act.
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Federal law provides strong protection for injured maritime workers under the LHWCA and the Jones Act. Each comes with a statute of limitations and other specific procedures. If the claim is due to an occupational disease, such as hearing loss or lung conditions due to exposure to asbestos, the filing requirement is two years from the date you first become aware of the occupational disease, your disability, and its impact on your employment. You should not wait to file your claim.
The longer you wait, the easier it will be for your employer to argue that your injuries are unrelated to your work. You need professional legal representation to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Make the Wright Call. Call 337-291-HURT.
Experienced Houma Longshore Injury Lawyers. Make the Wright Call. Today. Call 337-291-HURT.
If you or a family member has been injured in a maritime accident, or for more information about LHWCA, contact our Longshore and Harbor Accident Lawyers for a free consultation at Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC by calling toll-free 1-800-375-6186 or locally at 337-291-HURT. Our lawyers handle maritime cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you never pay any legal fees unless we win compensation for you.
Our trial attorneys have helped maritime workers and injured clients from communities throughout Louisiana, including in Houma, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, New Iberia and New Orleans.
Houma Longshore Worker Injury Lawyers