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Port & Dock Accident Law Library

September 6, 2017
by Laffey, Bucci & Kent, LLP

The following articles, frequently asked questions, news articles and blogposts are provided by our Pennsylvania and New Jersey terminal, port and dock work accident lawyers. They are for information only. Prior to making any decisions about your case, it is vital to contact an experienced, knowledgeable work accident lawyer.

Work Accident Case Results by Our Lawyers

  • $13 million – A workplace accident resulting in an above the knee amputation of the plaintiff’s right leg
  • $2.75 MillionDock worker run over and dragged in forklift accident at port terminal in NJ
  • Click here for more work accident case results.

Port & Dock Worker Accident Law Articles

  • Injured at Work at a Port or Dock in New Jersey? What are Your Legal Rights to Compensation? (October 28, 2015) Terminal or port accidents are very common in New Jersey, especially since New Jersey is home to multiple ports. Understanding legal rights is crucial. Injured workers are often misinformed about how to obtain full monetary compensation. This law article discusses the different claims made in port, dock or terminal accident cases in New Jersey.
  • Dock and Terminal Forklift Accidents (April 3, 2014) Forklifts are commonly used across marine terminals and docks all around the country, including the New York-New Jersey port, the largest port on the East coast. Forklifts are used for transporting large loads across the port; this is how goods are transported from marine ships to trucks. Forklift accidents at docks and terminals often result in catastrophic injuries.
  • Rights of Injured Marine Terminal & Dock Workers in PA & NJ (October 9, 2013) A workers’ compensation claim is not the only legal option for injured terminal/dock workers. In fact, the vast majority of injured workers assume that financial compensation after an accident comes entirely workers’ compensation. This is untrue, especially for dock accidents. It’s crucial to speak to a work injury lawyer immediately to preserve legal rights.
  • Marine Terminal/Dock Accidents – What Injured Workers Should Know (September 23, 2013) Being out of work due to a work accident at a terminal or dock often creates severe financial hardship. Can injured workers recover for their injuries? This article discusses legal tactics for maximizing compensation after a serious accident at a marine terminal or dock in the U.S.
  • Longshore Marine Terminal Accidents Involving Containers (October 15, 2012) Night time activity at terminals or shipping docks which involve ro-ro (roll on roll off) or lo-lo (lift on lift off) operations are naturally very dangerous. Dock workers who are struck or hit by a container during ro-ro operations often suffer fatal injuries.
  • Pennsylvania & New Jersey Longshore Accidents – Getting Full Recovery (August 25, 2012) Longshore activities are the lifeline of the U.S. economy. Dock workers put themselves on the line every day and face serious work hazards. After a serious accident happens, it’s vital to ensure that the injured worker and his family obtain full and fair compensation for the accident and injuries.
  • Damages Recoverable in a PA NJ Longshore Accident Lawsuit (July 17, 2012) What kinds of claims for financial compensation can be made in a longshore accident lawsuit in Pennsylvania or New Jersey? Claims may be made for medical bills, lost wages and pain and suffering. In addition, spouses may have additional claims for loss of consortium.
  • Common Claims Made in Pennsylvania and New Jersey Longshore/Marine Terminal Accident Lawsuits (May 6, 2012) Crush accident lawsuits and fall accident lawsuits are very common types of work accident lawsuits. For example, a dock worker may be struck and killed by a forklift accident. In this article, our dock accident lawyers discuss claims of negligence and how proper investigation plays a role in development of the claims.
  • New Jersey Work Accidents at Docks and Terminals: Compensation Beyond the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (March 8, 2012) Dock workers and longshore workers are particularly at risk of suffering serious injuries in work related accidents. Is the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act the only law to apply in terminal and dock accident cases?

Longshore & Dock Worker Accident Law FAQs

  • Who is the best dock accident lawyer for your case? (October 10, 2013) Choosing the best lawyer for a work accident case such as a dock or marine terminal accident case depends on many factors. Choosing the best lawyer for a dock accident case boils down to three main factors: experience, reputation and service. Experience: the best lawyer for a given accident case has experience handling similar types of ...
  • I was at work and hit by a container at a marine terminal in PA. Do I have a case? (November 14, 2012) A: Under Pennsylvania work accident law, workers are usually prohibited from suing their employers for injuries sustained from an accident at work. Instead, workers can make workers’ compensation claims to receive medical care and wages lost from disability. Click here for more information about what injured workers can recover in a longshore/marine terminal accident in ...
  • How do you determine if an injured terminal/port worker has a valid negligence claim? (August 25, 2012) A: Determining whether a marine terminal or port worker has a valid negligence claim involves investigating the cause of the accident and then investigating ownership and control of the mechanism of injury. Investigating the Cause of a Terminal/Port Accident In order to determine liability in a terminal and port accident situation usually requires gathering evidence from the ...
  • What can a dock worker recover in a longshore accident lawsuit in Pennsylvania? (July 16, 2012) A: Under Pennsylvania law, dock, pier or marine terminal workers can obtain financial recovery for the often significant injuries incurred in longshore accidents. Workers’ compensation benefits only pay a percentage of wage loss and do not cover pain and suffering. However, other lawsuits brought against other non-employers, such as contractors or subcontractors may provide a ...
  • Can I file a lawsuit for a forklift accident at a marine terminal in NJ? (June 12, 2012) A: Marine terminal and dock workers who are injured on the job can file a workers’ compensation claim to receive medical benefits and lost wages. However, there may be claims in addition to or on top of, the workers’ compensation claim. The following are some examples of claims made against other parties in a NJ forklift-terminal ...
  • What are common claims made in longshore accident lawsuits? (May 10, 2012) Work accidents at docks or marine terminals are very common and can occur in a variety of ways. This is due to the fact that docks and terminals are incredibly busy places. The volume of activity is enormous. For instance, a longshore or marine terminal work accident can occur when a worker is struck by or ...
  • I was injured in a work accident at a NJ port. What are my rights? (March 9, 2012) A: The answer depends on proper, timely investigation of the accident.  If the statute of limitations has run or expired, absent some facts which would allow a late filing, there can be no claim for lost wages, medical expenses or pain and suffering. Because each case is different, it is vital to speak to a ...

Longshore & Dock Worker Accident Law Blog

  • We Must Support Wage Increases for Longshore Workers (April 17, 2013) The commerce of this country depends in large part on the work performed by longshore workers, day in and day out. However, longshore/marine terminal work is one of the most dangerous occupations in this country. Each day, thousands of union and non-union workers put their lives on the line. The very livelihood of longshore workers is ...

About Our Longshore & Dock Worker Accident Lawyers

Our lawyers come from families of construction workers and care deeply about workplace safety and the rights of all workers. Firm founder, Jeff Laffey, is the proud son of a Philadelphia union carpenter. Firm founder, Brian Kent, comes from a family of iron workers and is a former prosecutor.

What Former Clients Have to Say About Our Work Accident Lawyers:

“Jeff Laffey’s representation of myself and my fellow plaintiffs was nothing short of excellence. Jeff’s charm and wit were quickly shelved for diligence and tenacity when appropriate and necessary. Jeff’s efforts resulted in an extremely fair settlement. I have and will continue to recommend Jeff to all potential clients.” Jim McGarrity Philadelphia Carpenters’ Union, Local 465

“I would like to thank Brian and his staff for making this process as stress-free and painless as they could. I would highly recommend Brian Kent to handle any workplace safety accident case.” – Joe

If you or a loved one was seriously injured in a longshore or dock accident in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey or New York, contact our experienced, highly rated workplace accident and injury lawyers for a free, confidential consultation. 215.399.9255/800.220.7600

*Disclaimer: The lawyers at Laffey, Bucci & Kent provide legal advice to individuals after accepting their case. No attorney-client relationship is created by this website. Nothing on this site is intended to provide legal advice. Because every case is unique, discussion of prior outcomes and settlements in past cases is no guarantee of a similar outcome in current or future cases.