Who is Eligible for Coverage Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act?

At The Ray Firm, LLC, it is paramount for our clients to understand their rights and eligibility for compensation. The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law that provides coverage for maritime workers in the United States. In this blog post, we will explore the key eligibility criteria under the LHWCA. Contact us today to learn more.


Maritime Employment

The first and foremost criterion for eligibility under the LHWCA is being engaged in employment at sea. This encompasses a broad range of activities, including longshore work, ship repair, and shipbuilding. Individuals involved in loading or unloading vessels, as well as those performing duties on navigable waters, are typically covered. Understanding the scope of maritime employment is crucial for individuals seeking compensation.


Status of Employee

Eligibility under the LHWCA is contingent on the individual's employment status. For example, longshore workers, harbor workers, ship repairers, and shipbuilders are explicitly mentioned. Additionally, certain other employees, such as clerical staff and security personnel, may also be covered if their work is integral to maritime operations.


Location of Injury

The LWHCA extends coverage to injuries that occur on navigable waters, including piers, docks, terminals, and other adjoining areas. Injuries during loading, unloading, repairing, or building of vessels are within the scope of the act. Injuries that occur outside the specified locations may not fall under the act.

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Causal Relationship

To be eligible for compensation under the LWHCA, there must be a causal relationship between the employment activities and the injury. This means that the injury must be a direct result of the individual’s work in maritime employment, such as a sudden accident or occupational illness.

By understanding the eligibility criteria outlined above, individuals can navigate the complexities of the LHWCA and seek the support they need during challenging times. Consult with us today for assistance with claims and securing rightful compensation.

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