Failing to Hire 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.
A maritime injury is an injury that occurs when a seaman is on or near the water while working. 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.

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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.


There are several categories of seamen that may qualify for compensation.

  • Seamen
  • Fishermen
  • Longshoremen
  • Harbor workers
  • Passengers

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

Offshore Safety is No Accident.

Failure to hire qualified harbor workers is a breech of Maritime Law. Don’t Delay, Call the Law Offices of L. Clayton Burgess.


Defined as individuals who work a majority of their time on or for a vessel, seamen can be:

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

Longshoremen and Harbor Workers

A longshoreman works on or near the water. He or she may handle loading, unloading and tying a vessel. A harbor worker works near the water as well. They sometimes handle repairs, converts, breaks apart, or builds a vessel. 
Injuries can happen to workers in areas near water, such as:
  • adjoining pier
  • wharf
  • dry dock
  • terminal
  • building way
  • marine railway

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

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


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

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Jones Act

A maritime injury is typically covered by The Jones Act. 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 a response to the health and safety concerns of Merchant Marines. Sailors and boatmen had few choices before the enactment of The Jones Act if injured at sea. Due to the value of qualified harbor workers, The Jones Act provides protection. It gave these hard workers benefits in the event of an injury or illness.
For a legitimate maritime injury claim, a seaman must prove a few things. Chiefly, that negligence occurred on the vessel that resulted in injury. Negligence can include:
  • Failure to provide safe equipment
  • Failure to preform proper vessel maintenance
  • Severe weather conditions
  • Failing to follow safety rules
  • Failure to provide safe working environments
  • Requiring long or excessive work hours
  • Not hiring qualified harbor workers
  • Failure to provide appropriate equipment
  • Failing to provide prompt and sufficient medical treatment
  • Failure to provide appropriate gear
  • Failure to properly train crew-members



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

  • Deck obstructions or tripping hazards
  • Defective tools
  • The absence of proper lifesaving equipment
  • Fluid or oil on deck causing slippage
  • Faulty equipment
  • Insufficient crew
  • 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. In general, the lawyer will advance all the costs and fees. Then later, petition the court to award attorney fees and reimburse out-of-pocket costs. If the case is unsuccessful, the plaintiff’s lawyer absorbs 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 free consultation!