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Ports and terminals across the country are the lifeline of the country’s economy. Millions of products and goods are imported and exported each day. Given the high levels of activity, ports and terminals are by nature, very busy places. Accidents can and do occur, and marine terminal, port and longshore workers often suffer serious injuries.

Workers’ Compensation in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey Longshore Accident Case

The federal Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act may apply in a marine terminal or port accident in Pennsylvania or New Jersey. However, this Act only applies to certain employers and certain employees. If a state’s workers’ compensation act applies, certain classes of employees are exempted from coverage under the federal Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act. Speak to a longshore accident lawyer for more information.

Additional Compensation in a Pennsylvania or New Jersey Longshore Accident Case

Many workers do not know of their right to seek compensation from non-employer parties. In other words, workers may have additional causes of action. For example, there may be a viable tort claim against a non-employer third party whose negligence led to the accident. In many instances, marine terminal, port or longshore workers consult with a “workers’ compensation” lawyer who may not be qualified to investigate or even recognize additional causes of action.

Depending on the situation, below are common types of marine terminal/port accidents which result in viable third party cases:

  • forklift accidents,
  • ro-ro accidents,
  • container truck accidents,
  • falls from heights, and
  • slip and falls or trip and falls.

In a successful third party case, seriously injured marine terminal/port workers can obtain full recovery for past and future lost wages and medical bills as well as pain and suffering. Read more about damages recoverable in a PA or NJ longshore accident lawsuit.

It is vital to have the case evaluated by a knowledgeable Pennsylvania and New Jersey longshore and marine terminal accident law firm.

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Our longshore accident attorneys serve accident victims in the following areas: Allegheny County, PA; Berks County, PA; Bucks County, PA; Chester County, PA; Delaware County, PA; Lehigh County, PA; Montgomery County, PA; Northampton County, PA: Philadelphia County, PA; Atlantic County, NJ; Burlington County, NJ; Camden County, NJ; Cumberland County, NJ; Gloucester County, NJ; Salem County, NJ; New Castle County, DE; Kent County, DE; Atlantic City, NJ; Philadelphia, PA; Pittsburgh, PA; Newark, NJ; Doylestown, PA; Media, PA; West Chester, PA; Norristown, PA; Camden, NJ; Wilmington, DE; Newark, DE; Georgetown, DE; and New Castle, DE. Our lawyers are available for a free, no obligation legal consultation, and can obtain special admission in other states, such as New York or Delaware, on a case by case basis.

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Published: August 25, 2012