Know Your Rights Before You Accept a Settlement
Longshore and harbor workers who are injured on the job may be eligible for benefits under the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA provides medical coverage as well as compensation for part of a worker's lost wages. Injured workers may also be able to collect damages if a negligent third party or "vessel negligence" was responsible for their injuries.
Kopfler & Hermann represent injured longshore, harbor and oilfield workers, as well as families who have lost loved ones to wrongful death on the job. We are skilled trial lawyers who know how to fight large corporations and insurance companies on your behalf.
You may be able to file a separate personal injury suit against a negligent third party for compensation. Talk to a lawyer to make sure you collect for all of your damages. For a free consultation, call 800-673-0956 or contact us online.
The Hazards of Longshore and Harbor Work
People who work with vessels, cargo and oilfield-related activities are exposed to numerous dangers every day. They may suffer repetitive stress or catastrophic injuries from incidents such as:
- Longshore and harbor accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Accidents while loading and unloading cargo
- Shipyard accidents
- Oilfield accidents
- Crane accidents
- Helicopter crashes
- Vessel accidents
- Gas explosions
- Transfers from one vessel to another or vessel to platform
Injuries common to these types of accidents may include back, neck and spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, fractures and amputations, burns and crush injuries. In addition, workers who are exposed to chemicals and toxins on the job may contract an occupational disease such as respiratory illness or cancer.
When a third party is responsible for your injury, you often have a claim for your full damages in addition to your LHWCA claim. Negligent third parties may include subcontractors and other employers on site, the manufacturer of defective equipment, the driver of a third-party vehicle or a corporation that exposed workers to toxins.
Gulf Coast Oilfield Accidents Lawyers
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