Many challenges can arise for a maritime worker when they are trying to get fair compensation for an injury they suffered in their work. One thing that can sometimes be difficult is determining what compensation laws apply in the situation. There are a variety of different rules and laws that touch on the topic of maritime injuries, with each having specific rules on when it applies.
One such law is the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. This federal law established a workers' compensation system that can provide monetary relief and other benefits to certain workers injured in harbor or maritime accidents. As a note, not all individuals injured in harbor or maritime accidents are eligible for benefits under this act. Rather, this act has rules limiting what specific types of maritime workers are covered under it.
When a person is hurt in a harbor or maritime accident, it can be important for them to know if they would be eligible for benefits under this act. Being unclear on what benefits one might be eligible for in relation to maritime injuries could create a lot of confusion for a hurt maritime worker and could pose significant difficulties for a worker when it comes to making informed decisions about what steps to take following their accident.
Our firm is knowledgeable in all different kinds of admiralty and maritime law matters, including Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act matters. We can provide individuals hurt in harbor or maritime accidents with explanations of the eligibility requirements for Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act coverage and help them with figuring out if they fall within these requirements. We can also guide injured workers that are covered under the act through the process of pursuing benefits under the act.