Van Riper & Nies Attorneys, P.A.
Florida Longshore Lawyers

About our Firm

Timothy Nies

Christian Van Riper

"We produce solutions for our client's problems..."

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

Our maritime attorneys are experienced in the litigation of Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) claims before the United States Department of Labor.  We are known for tenaciously fighting for our clients’ rights.

The Longshore Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) 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 LHWCA, 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 dangerous.  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. 

  • 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

Our attorneys also litigate Claims under the Defense Base Act. For more information, please complete the form below, email us at or call us day or night at:

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