Charleston Longshoreman & Harbor Injury Lawyers
Our community’s longshore and harbor workers spend long days laboring on docks, piers and terminals. Due to the physically demanding nature of the job and exposure to the elements, injuries are common in the maritime industries.
If you have been injured in a maritime accident in South Carolina, contact the longshoreman injury attorneys at Hoffman Law Firm. Our team is here to help you get the compensation you deserve, starting with a free consultation!
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA)
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act offers provision for medical care, compensation and vocational rehabilitation to employees who are injured while:
- Working on the navigable waters of the United States
- Working in adjoining areas, such as docks, terminals, piers, wharves, loading/unloading zones
Notes: Under the LHWCA, “injury” includes illness, occupational disease and hearing loss that occur as a result of employment.
This federal law also provides survivor benefits to dependents if a maritime or harbor accident results in, or contributes to, the worker’s death. A private insurance company or the self-insured employer usually pay these benefits.
Who Is Covered By The LHWCA?
The LHWCA provides coverage to the following maritime employees:
- Longshore workers
- Harbor construction crews
- Ship repairmen
*Non-maritime workers may also be covered if they are injured while working on navigable water. Captain and crew, however, are covered by the Jones Act instead of the LHWCA.
If you are not sure if you are eligible to file a maritime injury claim, contact your trusted Charleston longshore injury lawyers today! The Hoffman Law Firm team has experience handling local cases, serving those who have been injured at the Port of Charleston, Wando Welch Terminal, South Carolina Ports Authority and other inland ports.
Benefits From The LHWCA
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Medical expenses
- Vocational retraining
The following benefits are available as well:
- Temporary partial disability
- Permanent partial disability
- Permanent total disability
- Necessary medical care from a physician selected by the injured worker (including mileage and other transportation costs)
Steps To Take After Your Injury
If you have been injured while working at an SC port, oil rig or other navigable water along the east coast of South Carolina, follow these steps:
- Notify your supervisor immediately.
- Seek medical treatment. (You may choose your physician, but be sure to obtain a Form LS-1 authorization form.)
- Contact an experienced longshore and harbor injury lawyer.
Filing a claim can be complicated, especially if there is dispute over whether your maritime injury occurred on the job. Let our team handle the entire process, from filing to finish.
Contact Our Charleston Injury Lawyers About Your Maritime Claim!
Hoffman Law Firm is proud to serve the hardworking longshore and harbor workers here in Charleston County. Our office is conveniently located in North Charleston, so get in touch today to schedule your free consultation!