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longshore act attorney brian wiklendt construction port canaveralLongshoremen work on boats, ships, docks, ports, U.S. waterways including rivers, lakes, and coasts. Longshoremen run, repair, operate and maintain machinery and heavy equipment. They move and load goods and products on and off of ships.

The Longshore Act, covering Longshoremen, is a Federal law, meaning that Garfinkel Schwartz, while located in Florida where there are ports surrounding the state, can represent people across the United States.

The Longshore Act provides insurance for medical bills, and temporary, partial or permanent disability payments.  The Department of Labor site says claims must be filed:  a) within one year after an injury or death; or b) two years if there is an occupational disease which does not immediately result in a death or a disability or c) for lost compensation payments for a time period to start “when a prudent person should have been aware of the relationship between the injury or death and employment.”

Employers or insurance carriers are required to begin compensation within 14 days of their knowledge of an injury or death, according to the DOL.

We’ll Fly to You

Longshore Act Attorney Port Canaveral FloridaThe Longshore Act is a Federal law and Garfinkel Schwartz, while based in Florida, regularly travels to clients in port cities or at home, wherever you may be recovering. From Alaska, to San Diego,  Buffalo to Oregon, New Jersey to New Orleans, Newport News, Maryland, Virginia, Washington D.C., Seattle to San Francisco and every coastal city in the U.S., Garfinkel Schwartz flies at no cost to you in any city.

Longshoremen have very physical jobs that are on the water, on docks, on ports, on ships and are responsible for many jobs for which training, certification, union membership are required. Longshoremen operate and maintain equipment including dump trucks, cranes, coal pushers, bobcats, conveyers, electric and gas welding equipment.

Longshoremen work in all weather, endure extreme temperatures and weather conditions while handling intense and physically demanding general laborer duties. The injuries sustained by longshoremen are vast and include:

  • Back strain
  • Broken bones
  • Crushed limbs
  • Slip and falls
  • Airborne illnesses
  • Pulled muscles
  • Repetitive strain

By working with Garfinkel Schwartz you’re hiring a team with the resources that go back almost 40 years in Florida.

What is the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act?

If you’re a federal water worker located anywhere in the U.S. you’re covered by the Long Shore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act which is a federal law enacted in 1927. You are entitled to temporary compensation benefits while you are undergoing medical treatment.

Basically if you are working on or near a body of water, you can be covered under the Longshore Act. It doesn’t matter who you work for, but it does matter where you are injured that really counts.

The harbor workers compensation act covers longshore and harbor workers or employees working on:

  • An estuary of water
  • On the docks or one of any of the ports
  • A river
  • Doing bridge work on a body of water or on the coast or at a port
  • Working on rivers or on or around river beds
  • Working on a barge on any area which is a waterway in the U.S.

If you’re working on any port or dock on any coast in the country and you are injured or become ill from working, but because you weren’t injured in any given state, you are covered by the Long Shore Act law.