Longshore & Harbor Act
Our Longshore and Harbor Department handles all aspects of investigating and defending claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Act and its extensions, including the Defense Base Act (DBA) and the Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act.
The Longshore and Harbor Act, found at 33 U.S.C. § 901–950 , was enacted by Congress in 1927 in order to provide medical and indemnity benefits to marine workers who are not otherwise covered by the Jones Act or other Federal Workers’ Compensation programs. The act generally covers individuals employed to load and unload ships, as well as those who build, repair or maintain non-recreation vessels. However, employees who aid in the manufacture of recreational vessels over 65 feet in length are covered. The Act also conveys coverage to otherwise non-excluded harbor workers who engage in marine construction activities such as seawall construction, dock building and marina expansion. All covered employees must meet both the “situs” and “status” elements of the act to confer jurisdiction. As a result, potential Longshore claims must be thoroughly investigated and analyzed on a case-by-case basis to ensure proper jurisdiction has been determined.
Our Longshore and Harbor Department attorneys possess the experience to handle all aspects of investigating and defending Longshore and other Marine claims worldwide as well as pursing Special Fund reimbursements on behalf of the Employer and Carrier where indicated.