The federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) is designed to compensate maritime workers for injuries they suffered on the job. This is a no-fault system. Injured longshoremen and shore-based repair workers are entitled to recover compensation regardless of who caused the maritime or longshore accident. In return, injured maritime workers cannot sue their employer for additional compensation, in most cases.
Injured seamen are entitled to pursue civil lawsuits against any third party such as a contractor or manufacturer responsible for causing the work-related accident. Third party claims help injured workers obtain additional compensation above and beyond a longshore and harbor workers' compensation claim.
At Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC, in Seattle, Washington, we have extensive experience offering strong advocacy and legal counsel to injured maritime and longshore workers, including:
- Dock workers
- Shore-based repair workers
- Crane operators
- Marine construction workers
- Vessel repair workers
We are committed to helping injured workers and their families maximize their financial recovery options. Our law firm's Seattle harbor worker and longshore attorneys have decades of experience providing a strong voice to injured longshore and maritime workers. We have this skills and legal resources to help injured workers secure compensation above and beyond a longshoreman workers' compensation claim, if a third-party caused the work-related accident. Contact our law firm today to schedule a free initial consultation with a skilled Seattle third-party workers' compensation claim attorney.
Seeking to Maximize Injured Workers' Recovery Options
Our law firm's Seattle maritime attorneys are committed to helping injured workers get back on their feet. Unfortunately, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act provides injured maritime and longshore workers with limited benefits compared to third-party personal injury claims. We may be able to pursue additional compensation above and beyond a workers' compensation claim, if a third party caused the work-related accident.
At Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC, we have access to industry-leading experts available to help us conduct an investigation into the cause of the maritime or longshore accident. Every case is fact specific. We work with engineers, accident scene reconstructionists and maritime experts who can evaluate how the work-related accident occurred.
If a defective product or a contractor's negligent actions caused the maritime accident, we can help you pursue a third-party claim against the at-fault party. Our law firm is committed to helping injured workers and their families secure maximum compensation against any at-fault third party for damages incurred including lost wages, current and ongoing medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Contact Our Washington Longshore Third-Party Workers' Compensation Claims Lawyers
Third-party harbor worker claims can be particularly challenging. At Kraft Palmer Davies, PLLC, we understand the complex interplay between workers' compensation and third-party personal injury claims in the context of longshore workers. Put our law firm's skills and legal resources to work for you. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced Seattle harbor and longshore worker injury attorney.