Maritime Workers On Shore Face Hard, Exhausting And Sometimes Dangerous Work
Maritime work doesn’t just take place at sea. Important work occurs on shore, too. Countless industries — including shipping, oil and gas, and construction — rely on round-the-clock efforts of harbor and dock workers. As one of these workers, you play a key role in building, maintaining, repairing, loading or unloading vessels of all kinds.
You also face numerous hazards on the job. Cranes, forklifts, hazardous cargo, flammable materials, lofty heights and countless other dangers can threaten your safety day after day.
Getting Benefits Under The Longshore And Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
What happens when you get injured on the job? Or, even worse, what if you lost a husband, father, partner or son due to a work-related accident? How can you get the compensation you need to make ends meet?
The good news is that you may be entitled to benefits under federal maritime law. The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act protects maritime employees who work in our nation’s harbors, docks, shipyards and wharfs. Under this law, you may be able to get:
- Medical coverage
- Disability payments
- Wage replacement
- Rehabilitation benefits
- Job retraining benefits
- Death benefits (for surviving family members)
Multiple Laws May Come Into Play
In many cases, these benefits are better than what you’d receive under the state workers’ compensation system. However, depending on your situation, it might make sense to pursue a state workers’ comp claim while waiting for your federal claim to move forward.
Some harbor workers — such as tugboat workers, barge workers and dredge workers — are considered “seamen.” These workers may instead qualify for compensation under the Jones Act.
Don’t Leave Money On The Table By Going It Alone
Just as you wouldn’t try to fix a broken leg on your own, neither should you try to navigate the confusing legal system without professional guidance. You could run into any number of pitfalls that would mean leaving large sums of money on the table. Likewise, it’s critical to work with a lawyer who understands this niche area of law — not just personal injury law in general.
At the maritime law firm of Larry Curtis, we understand this area of law extremely well. Attorney Curtis draws on nearly 40 years of experience to help injured dock and harbor workers get the best possible results for their situations.
We invite you to contact our firm in Lafayette, Louisiana, for a free consultation. Call 337-366-8317 or 337-235-1825 to get started. There’s no obligation, and you won’t have to pay any lawyer fees if we’re not successful.