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August 3, 2014 / englandponticellostclair

The Longshore Act Protects Maritime Workers

A Southern California-based law firm, England Ponticello & St. Clair, assists insurance carriers, employers, and administrators in resolving a variety of employment-related issues. England Ponticello & St. Clair also represents clients in cases that fall under the United States Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

Enacted by the U.S. Congress in 1927, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides protection for maritime workers who have suffered injury or contracted an illness while working in U.S. waters or adjoining areas, including piers, wharves, docks, and marine railways. Originally, the Longshore Act was designed to cover only workers involved in the loading and unloading of large vessels. However, the Act’s coverage has since expanded to include anyone engaged in maritime employment, such as ship builders, ship repairman, and ship-breakers.

Under the Act, injured or sick maritime workers who can establish that their medical condition was caused by their employment have the right to recover damages, which include medical expenses, lost wages, and disability benefits for those whose injuries have left them permanently disabled. The Longshore Act also provides death benefits for the families of workers killed while engaged in qualified employment.

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