Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Act
Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Act is a federal statute that provides a compensation
system for workers that are in the jurisdiction of the longshore harbor worker’s act which also
includes the outer continental shelf and the defense based act. Benefits under the Longshore Harbor
Worker’s Act are similar to the state worker’s compensation statute allowing a worker who is
disabled to receive weekly or bi-weekly indemnity checks along with medical treatment from their
choice of their physician. Generally the filing limitations are one year from the date of the injury or from the date an indemnity benefit was last paid, but there are exceptions. Medical benefits do not
prescribe, therefore it is not required to file a claim to protect your rights to medical benefits. Each
persons’ fact pattern must be examined to determine what benefits that person has under Longshore
Harbor Worker’s statute.
Please contact Attorney Frank A. Bruno for more information on Longshore/Habor Workers' Act representation.