Pennsylvania Lawyers Representing Injured Maritime Workers
If you have been injured as a maritime worker, you have options under federal law. The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act may offer you specific protections, providing benefits that help you move forward with your life.
At the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia law offices of Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Coleman, L.L.C., our attorneys can talk with you about your maritime accident and help you determine whether you may be eligible for benefits.
About the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act provides workers' compensation benefits for maritime workers who are injured on navigable waters. These benefits include disability payments and rehabilitation services. Benefits are also available to the surviving families of maritime workers killed in work-related accidents.
Many different maritime workers are covered by the Act. These include longshoremen and harbor workers who are employed loading and unloading vessels, repairing vessels and building vessels. While the Act requires that the accident occur on "navigable waters," the term also includes places near the water, like piers, wharves, dry docks and terminals.
The Importance of Acting Quickly
If you are a longshoreman or harbor worker who has been injured on the job, it is critical that you act quickly. The law gives employees who have been injured on the job just 30 days to give their employers notice of their injuries. The law also requires that a formal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claim for benefits must be filed with the Department of Labor within one year from the date of the injury.
Even if you believe that this time may already have passed, it is a good idea to check with an attorney at Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Coleman, L.L.C. — just in case. Our lawyers are skilled in many different areas of personal injury law and may know of other available options, like filing a Social Security Disability claim or bringing a personal injury lawsuit.
Contact Caroselli, Beachler, McTiernan & Coleman, L.L.C., by calling us at 412-567-1232 in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, 215-792-6153 in Philadelphia or Eastern Pennsylvania or toll free at 866-466-5789. You may also complete our online contact form. Initial consultations are free and confidential.