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Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation

U.S. Department of Labor > Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation


Program Description:

Enacted in 1927, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) compensates for lost wages, medical benefits, and rehabilitation services to longshore, harbor and other maritime workers who are injured during their employment or who contract an occupational disease related to employment. Survivor benefits are also provided if the work-related injury or disease causes the employee's death. In addition, LHWCA covers a variety of other employees through extensions to the Act. U.S. government contractors and subcontractors are covered under limited circumstances through the Defense Base Act. These benefits are paid directly by an authorized self-insured employer, through an authorized insurance carrier, or in particular circumstances, by an industry financed Special Fund.


General Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be or have been a longshore or harbor worker, who now suffers from a work-related injury or illness, or you must be a widow or widower whose deceased family member died due to a work-related injury or an employee or survivor as defined in the extension to the Act.





Loan Terms:

Not Applicable


Application Process:

For more information, see the Program Contact Information below.


Program Contact Information:

For more information on this program and how to apply for benefits, contact the current or former supervisor of the affected employee.

For additional facts on the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Work-Related Injury and Disease Compensation, visit:


Managing Agency:

U.S. Department of Labor

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