Every employer is responsible for the safety of their employees. The same is true for harbor workers. Even though harbor workers may not qualify under the Jones Act or another type of maritime law, they are still entitled to particular rights in the event of an accident that causes injury. If a harbor worker suffers a traumatic injury that forces them to miss work for an extended period of time, they will likely need rehabilitation services to restore them back close to the level of functioning they were at before they had the accident.
Many people choose occupational therapy to restore lost function. The job of an occupational therapist is to treat a patient so they can go back to what they were doing before the accident. Even if a worker can no longer work because the extent of the injuries was so severe, occupational therapy should still be utilized in order to help the individual cope with everyday life. Especially if an injured worker must now use a prosthetic, occupational therapy can be a valuable tool in teaching an injured worker how to utilize it.
If you are a harbor worker, you are entitled to rights under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. Any work-related injury should be covered and if negligence can be proven on behalf of a third party, a personal injury claim may be filed in addition to this. Talk to a maritime lawyer at Arnold & Itkin if you still have questions and concerns about the extent of your coverage as a harbor worker. We will sit down with you to evaluate your case and determine the best course of action to take. Should you become our client, you can rest assured knowing you are getting the highest quality of care that is available to maritime workers.
Contact a harbor worker injury lawyer from our firm to see how we can help you get back on your feet.
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