If you provide land-based maritime services, such as shipbuilding, repairing, or breaking services, and you were injured by the negligence of someone other than your employer—for example, the owner of a vessel you were repairing—you have the right to bring a claim for damages against that person or company as a third party. Our Houston maritime personal injury attorneys can help you determine if you have a case.
If you’re unsure whether you qualify for benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, call the Houston maritime personal injury attorneys at Terry Bryant Accident & Injury Law at (800) 444-5000 or complete a FREE initial consultation form now.
WHAT IS NOT COVERED
If the injured person was employed to provide stevedoring services—loading or unloading cargo—and was injured by his own negligence or someone else providing that service, a lawsuit is not permitted.
For stevedoring providers and those whose employers also owned the vessel that caused the injury, the workers’ compensation laws of the state where the injury occurred will determine what benefits will be provided to the hurt worker.
Also, unlike under Jones Act laws, a breach of the vessel’s seaworthiness at the time of the injury does not have an effect on the outcome of the case.