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Knowledgeable Savannah Attorneys Handle Injury Claims of Longshore and Harbor Workers

Skillful Georgia lawyers pursue compensation for shipping workers hurt on the job

Dock work is tough, dangerous labor. For this reason, longshoremen, ship-breakers and certain other marine industry employees are entitled to special coverage if they suffer a workplace injury. At Zipperer, Lorberbaum, Beauvais & Gotwalt, we help Georgia laborers obtain benefits under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Our attorneys draw on substantial experience in Savannah to provide comprehensive legal support to harbor employees so that they can meet their basic financial needs during their recovery.

Dedicated advocates provide detailed advice on Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act cases

Dockworkers usually receive more benefits under the LHWCA than under Georgia workers' compensation rules. If you have been hurt on the job, we can advise you on relevant legal issues, including:

  • Covered employees. The LHWCA applies to employees who perform physical work rather than people serving in clerical or administrative positions. Eligible claimants include longshoremen, ship-breakers, and individuals who are responsible for building or repairing large vessels.
  • Proximity to the water. Employees who perform tasks such as shipbuilding in a remote location are not covered by the act, which applies to incidents that occur "on, near or adjacent to navigable water."
  • Available benefits. In addition to receiving payments for medical costs, LHWCA temporary total disability recipients typically receive two-thirds of their regular wages while they are out of work.

Our lawyers understand how difficult it can be to address your financial needs while healing from a work-related injury. That is why we make every effort to reach a prompt, successful resolution of your case.

Accomplished law firm represents injured stevedores, ship-breakers and other maritime employees

Though it is a federal statute, the LHWCA contains benefits that are similar to those offered by state workers' compensation programs. Depending on the nature and duration of your medical condition, our firm helps clients seek partial and total disability benefits on a temporary or permanent basis. A death benefit is also available to surviving family members of a stevedore, longshoreman or other eligible shipping worker who dies as a result of a work-related incident.

Contact a dedicated attorney for assistance with a dock work injury claim

If you have been hurt in your harbor job and believe you are entitled to benefits under the LHWCA, we understand the unique nature of these claims and can seek appropriate benefits on your behalf. Don't trust something this important to someone unfamiliar with this area of practice. Zipperer, Lorberbaum, Beauvais & Gotwalt can help you obtain the benefits you deserve after a maritime workplace injury. Call 912-963-1341 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Savannah office.