Most workers in the United States are eligible for workers' compensation in the event they become injured. However, the law becomes more complicated when it comes to those who work in the maritime industry, including longshore and harbor workers.
If you have been injured as a maritime worker, it is important that you do not suffer financially as well as physically. When you are on the road to recovery, you should take the time to understand how the law applies to you and what compensation you should be entitled to.
What is the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act?
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) was put in place to offer compensation for injured workers in the maritime industry. It is important that you understand whether you are eligible for compensation under the act because the eligibility requirements can be quite stringent and confusing.
How do I know if I can meet the eligibility requirements?
In order to meet the LHWCA requirements, you must go through a status test based on the nature of your injuries, and you must also go through a situs test based on the environment that you work under. If you are not eligible for benefits under the LHWCA, you should still be able to claim state compensation; however, this is likely to be less generous.
It is important that you stand up for your right to compensation under the LHWCA if you believe that you are entitled to it in Louisiana because this could benefit you financially after you have suffered an injury.