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Qualified Harbor Workers

Failure to Hire Qualified Harbor Workers

Failure to hire qualified harbor workers can cause serious accidents. It is the responsibility of a seaman’s employer to insure safe working conditions. Adequate safety, training, and security measures should prevent accidents. The hiring of qualified and competent workers is crucial to safety.

Maritime injuries occur when a working seaman is on or near water. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), ensures that employees receive benefits. Benefits include things like pain and suffering, lost wages, and lost future earnings. Families of a deceased seaman can receive these benefits as well.


Protect Your Rights 

With injuries that occurred at sea, you need help recovering compensation. Schedule a FREE consultation with The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess.

The statute of limitations for filing for compensation under the LHWCA is short. Please call the Law Offices of L.CLAYTON BURGESS today to discuss your claim.

Insurance companies will often fight to pay the least amounts to injured workers. The Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess are aggressive. We fight when handling our client’s insurance claims. We seek justice and compensation for our clients.


Workers that may qualify for compensation can include:
  • Seamen
  • Passengers
  • Fishermen
  • Longshoremen
  • Harbor workers

Call our office today for a FREE review of your personal injury case. We typically work on a contingent agreement basis, which means our fees are contingent upon the outcome of your case.


Don’t Delay! You may have a valid claim! Let us help you get your compensation before the statute of limitations expires!


Defined as individuals who work on or for a vessel, seamen can be:

  • ferry workers
  • merchant mariners
  • fishermen
  • deckhands
  • cooks
  • waiters
  • musicians


Longshoremen and Harbor Workers

Longshoremen work on or near the water. He or she may handle unloading, loading and tying a vessel. A harbor worker works near the water as well. They sometimes handle repairs, builds, or breaks apart a vessel.

Injuries can happen to workers in areas near water, such as:

  • marine railway
  • terminal
  • dry dock
  • wharf
  • adjoining pier
  • building way

As well as other adjoining areas used by an employer in:

  • building a vessel
  • repairing
  • unloading
  • loading
  • dismantling



Passengers injured on a boat or cruise ship may file suit against the owner. The owner needs notification within a specified time. Typically, a claim must be within a year of the incident. It is important if you are a passenger injured at sea to consult an attorney.

Offshore Safety is No Accident.

No matter who you are, you can afford legal representation!

Jones Act

The Jones Act typically covers maritime injuries. Opposed to being a state workers’ compensation claim.
The Jones Act, is also referred to as The Merchant Marine Act of 1920. The Act was addressed concerns of safety and health of Merchant Marines. Boatmen and sailors had very little choices before the enactment if injured at sea. Due to the value of qualified harbor workers, The Jones Act provides protection. In the event of an injury or illness, it gave benefits to these hard workers.
For a legitimate maritime injury claim, a seaman must prove a few things. Chiefly, that negligence occurred on or near the vessel that resulted in injury. Negligence can include:
  • Failure to preform proper vessel maintenance
  • Severe weather conditions
  • Failure to provide safe equipment
  • Failing to follow safety rules
  • Failure to provide safe working environments
  • Requiring long or excessive work hours
  • Not hiring qualified harbor workers
  • Failing to provide sufficient and prompt medical treatment
  • Failure to properly train crew-members
  • Failure to provide appropriate gear



Vessels or equipment that are defective or unfit are considered “unseaworthy.” Examples can include:

  • Deck obstructions or tripping hazards
  • Fluid or oil on deck causing slippage
  • Faulty equipment
  • Defective tools
  • Insufficient crew
  • The absence of proper lifesaving equipment
  • Broken planks or deck boards


You Can Afford an Attorney!

You may be putting off contacting an attorney simply because you don’t think you can afford one. No matter who you are, you can afford legal representation! We only receive compensation for results.
Our legal team operates on a no win/no fee policy. This is a contingent fee. Usually, we will cover costs and fees. If the case is successful, the court will award out-of-pocket and attorney fees. If the case is unsuccessful, we absorb the loss.
Here at the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess, we have the skills and the experience to handle any accident. We will fight for your rights and get the job done.

Call our offices today for a personal injury consultation!