New Orleans Maritime Workers’ Compensation
The Jones Act provides safeguards for vessel crew members who put their welfare at risk in often dangerous conditions on the water. But what about those who are not seamen who work on the docks and around ships? What type of workplace protections are in place for them?
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) governs compensation for those who do not qualify for assistance under the Jones Act. The LHWCA covers roughly half a million people suffering from a job-related occupational disease or work-related injury.
What Is the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?
This act was created to protect the people who work around boats and ships. The LHWCA offers compensation to those who build, load or unload, repair or service ships. Just about any maritime employment that does not involve being a seaman is covered under this act. It even applies to those who drive forklifts or move cargo on the dock.
Who Is Covered Under the LHWCA?
The LHWCA provides no-fault coverage, which means if a loved one dies in an accident covered by the act during maritime employment, their surviving family can collect their benefits. To qualify for coverage, the industry must be sustained in an area covered by the LHWCA. This includes:
- Piers, wharves and other areas where cargo can be unloaded
- Ships, whether under repair or being built
- Navigable waters
Fixed offshore platforms may also employ maritime workers and be covered under the LHWCA. If you sustain an injury, you must comply with deadlines for injury reporting as outlined in the LHWCA, or you may not be eligible to collect your benefits. Reporting injuries immediately to your superiors is generally the best practice. That way, they have a record of when it occurred.
Benefits Under the LHWCA
New Orleans residents can receive maritime workers’ compensation and benefits under the LHWCA that cover:
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Death benefits
- Medical expenses
You may also be eligible for disability benefits depending on your situation.
Contact Us Today to Learn More About New Orleans Maritime Workers’ Compensation
We understand it can feel scary and frustrating when you become injured. You want reassurances that you can continue to provide for your family during this difficult time, and we want to assist you.
If you or a family member have been injured as a result of a maritime accident, you should contact a Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act attorney quickly. The professionals at Irpino, Avin & Hawkins Law Firm can provide you with the assistance you need right away. Our team of maritime and offshore accident lawyers has dealt with many similar cases over the years, and we dedicate ourselves to helping families recover what is entitled to them by drawing on our extensive experience and knowledge.
Get in touch with us today to schedule a free consultation about your case. Contact us by filling out our online contact form, and browse our site to learn more about our firm and other practice areas, such as workers’ compensation and complex personal injuries.