The heavy machinery and sophisticated equipment associated with many marine jobs creates risk for injury and in some cases even death. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act aims to provide medical care for workers to help them recover from their injuries and financial compensation to ease the loss of work. The combination of the medical and financial compensation is necessary to ensure workers can recover adequately and maintain financial stability.
The act gives injured workers the right to:
In some severe cases, a permanent disability or death may occur. When this happens the LHWCA provides avenues for workers’ and their families to receive financial compensation.
It allows for:
The maritime injury attorneys from Doyle LLP can make navigating a LHWCA claim considerably easier for you. After an injury, you have plenty to deal with. You probably will find it highly challenging to comply with all the features of the rules that make recovery possible. Many rules require you to provide time sensitive notices to numerous parties, and if missed, can cause you to lose your deserved benefits.
To begin with here are some steps to take when an injury occurs:
The process for filing a claim and securing compensation is much more complicated and involved than listed above. Employers may be reluctant to accept claims and accidents, but it is their requirement if an injury occurs on the job. They should not threaten your job security or compensation for asking for what you deserve. If this happens, we might be able to recover damages much greater than the benefits guaranteed under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Due to the complicated nature of recovery from the LHWCA, it is best to involve an experienced maritime attorney such as Doyle LLP. Lawyers with minimal to no experience in maritime law can fail to secure all the compensation available. We encourage you to contact our maritime injury lawyers to walk you through this process, so that you can rest assured you are getting as complete a recovery as possible.
The lawyers at Doyle LLP have vast experience in offshore claims and understand numerous federal maritime laws, such as the Jones Act law, that apply to offshore claims. Our Texas firm works every day to help clients across state lines and international borders in their maritime accident claims. Contact a Longshoreman Lawyer Today!
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