Defending Employers Against Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act Claims
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal statute designed to provide medical benefits and compensation for lost income to longshoremen, harbor workers, dock men, ship repairmen, ship builders, and other maritime workers who are injured during the course of their employment. In the event that a work-related injury or accident results in the death of an employee covered under the LHWCA, the Act also provides death benefits to the decedent’s eligible survivors.
KDV’s attorneys have deep experience counseling and defending clients in connection with claims filed under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Our lawyers have represented scores of LHWCA employers in claims initiated by covered employees in a worker’s compensation setting before the United States Department of Labor (DOL) and in lawsuits brought pursuant to Section 905(b) of the LHWCA in state and federal court. Our clients include longshore employers operating across the maritime industry, such as stevedoring companies, marine terminals and marine contractors. We also defend the insurance carriers who insure employers against these types of maritime claims.
Developing Individualized Defense Plans
In every LHWCA case that we handle our maritime lawyers work to achieve a prompt and favorable outcome for our clients. Recognizing that maritime claims can expose companies throughout the maritime community to substantial financial liability, we are committed to doing everything possible to protect our clients’ legal rights and interests. Our lawyers work closely with clients to build an individualized defense plan tailored to achieve their desired objectives. While we are often able to successfully resolve the claim early in the legal process, our lawyers are prepared to take any LHWCA case to trial at the request of the client.