Take Advantage of the Benefits Available to Injured Maritime Workers

    If you work around docks, harbors, wharves, or shipping or in other roles near navigable water in the United States, an injury on the job entitles you to substantial workers’ compensation benefits.

    Your job is covered by the federal Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. That means the system is more likely to treat you favorably than other workers covered under state workers’ comp plans.

    Many maritime workers, however, don’t understand what they’re entitled to receive.

    And workers’ comp insurance companies are always willing to take advantage of that.

    Instead, you should take full advantage of the financial support available to you. It can make a big difference in helping you maintain the lifestyle you’ve known.

    Workers’ compensation lawyers can answer your questions and work to get you the maximum benefits. And, under federal law, you pay no fee for a lawyer because your employer and its insurance company cover that cost.

    If you live in Metairie, New Orleans, Hammond, the Northshore, Baton Rouge, Houma, Lafayette, Alexandria, Shreveport, Monroe, or anywhere else in Louisiana, talk to the lawyers at Workers’ Compensation, LLC.

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    What Benefits Do I Get under Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Comp?

    An injury on the job disrupts your life. Workers’ compensation benefits give you a financial cushion, especially when your injury leaves you unable to work.

    Benefits for a maritime industry injury include:

    • Payment for your lost wages when you can’t work (at two-thirds of your previous pay)
    • Medical treatment to recover from your injury
    • Vocational rehabilitation to transition back to work

    As a maritime worker, you have special protection because the federal law covering your workers’ comp doesn’t have the same limits as state workers’ comp.

    Most forms of Louisiana workers’ comp end after 10 years. Not so with longshore & harbor workers’ compensation claims. You can be paid for the rest of your life!

    Louisiana also caps the amount you can get in lost wages payments much lower than the federal longshore program.

    Let’s make sure you and your family are taken care of after a work injury sidelines you.

    If you’re wondering whether your job qualifies, the legal team at Workers’ Compensation, LLC, can provide an initial consultation on your case for free.

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    How Do I Start My Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Comp Claim?

    When you’re hurt at work in a maritime industry job, take these steps immediately to be sure you get your financial assistance:

    • 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 sets up 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, assigned to your claim.

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

    This is different from personal injury car accident cases. That’s why you want a lawyer with experience with longshore & harbor workers’ comp.

    And you want to get a lawyer as soon as you can.

    The moves you make early in the process affect your ability to get the maximum benefits later. It’s like the early moves in a game of chess.

    When you have a lawyer by your side, it’s easier to stand up to insurance companies, get the financial support you need, and make your way to a better life.

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