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Longshore and Harbor Worker Injuries

Supportive Uniontown Attorney Handles Injury Claims of Longshore and Harbor Workers

Dedicated Pennsylvania lawyer works to secure compensation for shipping workers hurt on the job

Dock work is tough, dangerous labor. For this reason, longshoremen, ship-breakers and and certain other marine industry employees are entitled to special coverage if they suffer a workplace injury. At John M. (Jack) Purcell, Attorney at Law, I help Pennsylvania laborers obtain benefits under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). At my Uniontown office, I draw on my substantial experience to provide comprehensive legal support to harbor employees so that they can meet their basic financial needs during their recovery.

Knowledgeable advocate advises claimants on Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act cases

Dockworkers usually receive more benefits under the LHWCA than under Pennsylvania workers’ compensation rules. If you have been hurt on the job, I 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.

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

Compassionate 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, my 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 thorough 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, I will provide comprehensive support until you obtain the relief you are entitled to. Don’t trust something this important to someone unfamiliar with this area of practice. John M. (Jack) Purcell, Attorney at Law can help you collect the benefits you deserve after a maritime workplace injury. Call 724-320-2530 or contact me online to schedule a consultation at my Uniontown office.

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    55 East Church Street
    Uniontown, Pennsylvania 15401
    Phone: 724-437-2711