Trusted Legal Counsel for Longshore Harbor Workers

Baton Rouge Workers’ Compensation Lawyer for Longshore & Harbor Workers

Experienced & Knowledgeable Louisiana Attorney

Maritime law can be difficult to understand and even those that belong to various worker unions and organizations can feel challenged when looking to dissect the acts that protect offshore workers, harbor workers, and longshoreman.

At the office of J. David Smith, Attorney at Law, we are proud to have an in-depth knowledge of the governing laws, acts, and guidelines that stand in place to provide necessary compensation and aid to injured workers.

Our Baton Rouge workers’ compensation team will help you understand your rights as a worker and we can assist you in:

Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

According to the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, American workers are protected from financial hardship. The act outlines guidelines for individuals that have been injured on the job and the types of accidents that qualify an individual for benefits.

Additionally, family members that are suffering an unexpected death of a loved one that was a longshore or harbor worker can receive death benefits and assistance with medical bills. This federal law protects individuals at a federal level; however, you may still be entitled to benefits at a state level and from neglectful companies

Individuals that could potentially benefit from the Longshore & Harbor Workers' Compensation Act include:

  • Pier workers
  • Dry dock employees
  • Wharf employees
  • Terminal workers
  • Marine railway workers
  • Loaders and unloaders
  • Construction personnel

Qualified workers that have been injured need to file a claim for compensation as soon as possible. Our Baton Rouge workers' compensation attorney can help.

What Is the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act?

The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act. This act provides specific benefits for individuals that were seriously injured or killed while working on offshore structures such as oil platforms and fixed offshore structures.

How Do You Qualify for the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act?

In order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits associated with the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, the employee in question must have been working on a structure that was attached in permanence to the outer continental shelf and the operation must have been for business development, such as oil drilling or exploration for natural resources such as oil or gas.

Are You Eligible to Receive Compensation or Benefits?

To learn more about your rights and how a lawyer may be able to assist you, we encourage you to contact our office and schedule a free consultation with our team. We proudly serve the Baton Rouge area and surrounding communities.

Contact our Baton Rouge workers' compensation attorney today at J. David Smith, Attorney at Law by calling (855) 973-1098 or complete an online form to discuss your case.

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  • “Personally assisted me every step along the way to an outcome that was satisfactory and fair.”

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  • “No better services could be found in Baton Rouge but J David Smith.”


What J. David Smith, Attorney at Law Can Do for You

  1. Handles all communication with your employer and the insurance company right away
  2. Trusted by other law firms in our area and we often get referrals from other attorneys
  3. Named as one of the top 100 Injured Workers’ Advocates nationally by WILG
  4. Serves as Bar Examiner for the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Bar Admissions
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