By:   Charles R. Lipcon

Our Respected Maritime Accident Lawyers Demand Maximum Benefits and Compensation for Injured Dock Workers

Dock Worker Carrying His Injured Colleague

When you have suffered through a dock accident, you want a team on your side with a combined experience of more than 200 years on your side. Between our 16 maritime law attorneys, we have recovered more than $300 million for our clients and handled over 3,000 claims — and we strive to do the same for you. This is why our maritime lawyers have received the highest forms of recognition in the industry, including “Lawyer of the Year” ® in Admiralty & Maritime 2020 (Miami) and “Best Law Firms” ® by US News & World Report (2016-2023). Since our firm’s founding more than 50 years ago, we have worked hard to help dock accident victims like you succeed and get the compensation you are owed.

Dock accidents can happen without warning, leaving dock workers and others injured, sometimes severely. While the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) can help injured maritime workers recover from loading dock accidents, it can still be difficult to get the coverage you need.

If you have experienced debilitating consequences related to your dock accident, reach out to a maritime injury and dock accidents attorney to help you navigate the details of your case. A dedicated and aggressive personal injury attorney with Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A. can offer considerable experience and the case results to back it up. Get the help you need when you have been severely injured and need guidance getting the compensation you are due. Contact our legal team to request a confidential consultation today.

Liability Options for Accidents While at Port

Injured dock workers may face severe or even fatal injuries following an accident. They need the maximum compensation possible for their dock accident injury, but determining who is liable for their injuries is vital. Federal law provides protections for maritime workers, but the injured dock worker may also have grounds for a lawsuit for a third party’s negligence. By definition, a third party is someone other than the injured party’s employer.

Injured workers may have grounds to sue dock and marina owners for their dock worker injuries. These parties are responsible for the safe operation and maintenance of the dock. If they fail to provide a safe working place, they may be held responsible for any injuries suffered.

Likewise, if a dock worker is injured because a vessel owner or operator was careless and injured them, that person may be responsible for their injuries. For example, if someone caused an accident while boating under the influence, they may be held legally responsible for any injuries they caused.

Coverage Under the Longshore Act

Maritime workers may find that their injuries are also covered under the LHWCA. That means that most dock workers may have the opportunity to get their medical expenses covered through this act, rather than suing. If you are a seaman who suffered injuries in a dock accident, you may be able to also recover compensation under the Jones Act, which offers compensation to seafarers injured by negligence or unsafe conditions on an operational vessel.

If you are eligible for these types of coverage you may have grounds to get your medical costs covered for injuries sustained on loading docks, among other benefits. If you believe you are eligible, do not hesitate to reach out to an accident attorney to learn more about your options following one of these workplace accidents.

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Dock Accidents FAQ

When preparing to file a dock accident claim for the compensation you are due as an injured worker, you may have a lot of questions. This process can be confusing for many employees, especially if your employer fails to keep you informed of your legal rights.

Fortunately, you do not have to file alone. Reach out to our maritime accident law firm to get personalized answers from a knowledgeable and experienced dock accident injury attorney. You can start with our commonly asked questions below while you wait for your free consultation.

What are the injuries of dock workers?

How many accidents occur on a loading dock?

What is a dry dock, and why are they so dangerous?

Our Dock Accident Attorneys Stop at Nothing to Get Justice for Injury Victims and Maritime Workers

After being named “Lawyer of the Year” ® in Admiralty and Maritime (Miami) by US News & World Report and hundreds of TV appearances, our firm has become a leader in helping maritime workers recover compensation. With 200 years of combined experience and a firm that has been in business for more than 50 years, you can expect results with us.

When seeking damages for a dock accident, you may find yourself overwhelmed by your injuries and unsure of what options your legal rights offer. While you may be aware of federal regulations for maritime workers, you may be unsure where to turn for your compensation.

At Lipcon, Margulies & Winkleman, P.A., we know recovery can be tough for maritime workers. That is why we offer a combined two centuries of legal experience, which we are prepared to use to help your claim succeed. Reach out for your free consultation by calling 877-233-1238 or by completing our online contact form.