If you or a loved one were injured while at sea or in a maritime-related occupation, you could be protected under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA). Operated by the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs, this act provides maritime workers with illness and injury protection if they can no longer work.
The following workers and more are protected under this law:
Offshore accidents are not uncommon and can lead to serious injuries or death. From slip and fall incidents to equipment malfunctions, injuries can happen unexpectedly and result in devastating consequences. That is why the act was made to protect workers who deserve coverage and even compensation for their injuries.
It is important to be aware of the benefits you are entitled to so your rights are not violated. If your injuries prevent you from returning to work for a time, you could receive 66.66% of your average weekly income. If a family member passed away, the surviving spouse and children could receive from 50% to 66.66% of their wages.
In addition to compensation for lost wages, injured offshore workers may also receive reimbursement for medical costs. Such costs can add up quickly and can prove to be too much of a financial burden on many families. For companies with workers' comp insurance, the insurance company will cover a majority of these expenses.
Some employees fear applying for workers' compensation as they fear that their employer may retaliate against them. However, another benefit of this act is that it protects employee rights. A worker cannot be discriminated against because of a claim, or the employer may face further legal trouble.
Ready to discuss your case with a legal advocate? Our offshore injury attorneys can review your case to see what the best legal option is for you. Not only that, but they could walk you through the entire process and help you obtain just financial assistance. We understand that recovering from an offshore injury can be difficult and you may never gain the same mobility and energy you had before. The good news is that our firm is here to help ensure that you do gain the compensation you need to support yourself and your family following such as serious accident. Let us use our knowledge and understanding of the LHWCA to help resolve your injury case.
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Because maritime law is so complex and so complicated, it is crucial that you work with an attorney who has an in-depth understanding of how it works and who has proven themselves in similar cases before.