Workers’ Comp Benefits for Maritime Workers Can Also Cover Certain Other Jobs

    Even if you don’t work at a port or harbor around docks, wharves, and ships, could you receive workers’ compensation benefits under other extensions of the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?

    In some cases, you can.

    This is good news because the federal Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act generally provides stronger benefits, which are easier to get than state workers’ comp, when you’re hurt at work.

    You could receive higher payments for lost wages—and your payments could last longer—in addition to having your medical care covered and access to job reorientation.

    After a work injury disrupts your life, these benefits can get you back to smooth sailing.

    The workers’ compensation lawyers at Workers’ Compensation, LLC, have extensive experience with these federal laws.

    Keep reading to see whether your job qualifies.

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    I’m not a Maritime Worker. Does My Job Qualify for Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Comp?

    These are the classifications of workers who can get workers’ compensation benefits under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act even if you don’t work directly around port and shipping operations:

    • Employees on Military Bases
      Under the Defense Base Act, you could be a private employee on a government defense-related contract anywhere in the world and get longshore & harbor workers’ comp. You could be on base or on other land used for U.S. military purposes.
    • Workers in Armed Forces Support Roles
      You could qualify for federal workers’ comp as a civilian employee providing services to military service members under the Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act.
    • Offshore Workers
      If you work in offshore natural resources exploration, such as on an oil rig, you can get longshore & harbor workers’ comp under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act.
    • Workers on Vessels
      The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act doesn’t cover crew members of vessels, but, if your job is based on a ship, you have protection under a different law, called the Jones Act.

    Unlike other forms of workers’ comp, the Jones Act allows you to sue your employer for negligence resulting in your injury. It’s essentially a personal injury claim.

    Figuring out whether your job qualifies for workers’ compensation or other benefits under federal laws can be complicated for maritime employees.

    In many jobs, you must seek state workers’ comp. And various federal government employees have separate workers’ comp programs.

    To see where you stand, talk to the legal team at Workers’ Compensation, LLC.

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    How Do I Start My Claim under Maritime Workers’ Comp Laws?

    When you’re hurt at work in a job covered by the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, take these steps immediately to be sure you get the financial assistance you’re owed:

    • Report your injury to your employer.
    • Get the medical care you need.
    • File a written report with your employer within 30 days.
    • Choose a doctor for ongoing treatment.
    • Talk to a workers’ compensation lawyer.

    The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act has its own separate legal system for deciding who gets benefits.

    It’s run by the U.S. Department of Labor. You’ll get a representative called a claims examiner.

    If you have problems getting your benefits, you may go to a trial in front of an administrative law judge.

    You want to get a lawyer as soon as you can because the moves you make early in the process affect your ability to get the maximum benefits later.

    Having a lawyer gives you more power to push back against insurance companies, get the benefits you need, and move forward after a work injury.

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