You may not feel as if you have very many good options after you become injured while performing your job duties as a harbor worker. Under the Longshore Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, you are actually entitled to a number of potential benefits. You may get medical and disability payments for your injuries, rehabilitation, and wrongful death benefits for surviving family. Another type of benefit that you may be entitled to is vocational rehabilitation. The payment for all of these services can be paid by workers' compensation at a rate of two-thirds your weekly pay.
Most states have a department of rehabilitation, and according to these departments, vocational rehabilitation is put in place to help employees gain back and retain their status as workers. This differs from regular rehabilitation in that workers are rehabilitated for the goal of performing their job duties again. One of the first things this will include is counseling. Someone will likely assess your need and determine a goal and a path to get to that goal.
In some cases, it may even be possible to obtain transportation and personal assistance at your jobsite. Moreover, the goal of vocational rehabilitation is to get workers back to performing their job functions. This can be made possible through a number of different avenues that may be available to you as an injured harbor worker.
If you are a harbor worker who was injured while performing your job duties, then you are likely wondering what kind of compensation you are entitled to. If you believe you should qualify for vocational rehabilitation, then you may want to seek legal assistance from a maritime lawyer. Often, insurance companies will try to give you the bare-minimum when it comes to benefits, so it can be necessary to obtain an advocate on your side who can prove you deserve rights such as vocational rehabilitation. Don't ever be intimidated out of the benefits you deserve.
Contact a maritime attorney at Arnold & Itkin today to see how we can help you!
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