Van Riper & Nies Attorneys
Florida Admiralty & Maritime Attorneys

Longshore Claims


Timothy Nies


Christian Van Riper



"We work hard to produce solutions for our clients' problems..."

Van Riper and Nies Attorneys, P.A., a veteran-owned law firm, combines courtroom experience, personal service and a proactive litigation style when representing injured Longshoremen. 


Our maritime attorneys, Timothy Nies and Christian Van Riper, are knowledgeable in the litigation of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) claims before the United States Department of Labor, Office of Workers Compensation  We are known for tenaciously fighting for our clients’ rights.

The Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a federally administered program providing wage compensation and medical benefits to individuals who sustained injury or contracted an occupational disease while employed on a navigable waterway or the adjoining areas, such as adjoining piers, dry docks, and terminals, that are primarily involved in the loading, unloading, repairing or building of a vessel. In the event of death, the Act provides for compensation benefits to be paid to the employee’s dependents.

Covered employees under the Longshore Act, include any person engaged in maritime employment, including any longshoreman or other person engaged in longshoring operations, and any harbor worker including a ship repairman, shipbuilder, and shipbreaker.

Working at a port or shipyard is a strenuous and dangerous job.  If you are or know a longshoreman or harbor worker who has been injured in any of the following ways while working in ports or shipyards, please have them call one of our attorneys for free legal advice, day or night. 

  • Back Injuries, such as herniated disks or fractured vertebrae
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Neck Injuries
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Catastrophic Injuries
  • Amputations
  • Crush Injuries
  • Chemical Injuries
  • Hearing Loss
  • Vision Loss
  • Brain Injuries
  • Hearing and Vision Loss
  • Burns
  • Injuries from Repetitive Use
  • Aggravation of Previous Injuries
  • Wrongful or Accidental Death

Worker's compensation benefits provided by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act include:

  • Medical benefits
  • Vocational rehabilitation services
  • Medical and disability payments
  • Death benefits for survivors of longshoremen who die from work related injuries.

For a free consultation, call our maritime attorneys day or night or complete the contact form below.


Palm Beach County: 561-948-5588
Martin & St. Lucie Counties: 772-283-8712
Broward County: 954-369-0776

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Van Riper and Nies Maritime Lawyers represent longshoremen in claims filed with the DOL.

Our Florida Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act lawyers: Timothy Nies and Christian Van Riper are experienced in prosecuting Longshore claims on behalf of injured workers.  Our Longshore attorneys represent longshoremen injured in West Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Hollywood, Miami and throughout Florida.

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Our LHWCA Lawyers represent stevedores in Broward and Palm Beach counties, including Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Cypress Creek, Coconut Creek, and Cypress Creek, FL. Our LHWCA lawyers represent before the OWCP seriously injured port workers residing in Fort Lauderdale, North Lauderdale, Weston, Lauderdale Lakes, Davie, Pompano Beach, Hillsboro Beach, Cypress Creek and Sunrise, FL. Maritime lawyers in Florida.  Stuart FL Criminal Defense Lawyers: Law Offices of Van Riper and Nies Attorneys.

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Our admiralty and maritime lawyers litigate Longshore cases on behalf of clients who reside in Jacksonville, Miami, Broward, Palm Beach, Hillsborough, Duval, Collier, Brevard, Miami-Dade, and all Florida counties.  Unlike most workers compensation statutes, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Act allows the attorney who successfully prosecutes a claim on behalf of an injured harbor worker, longshoreman, stevedore, etc.

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