For "water-based" injury or death, a determination must be made as to whether the worker is covered by (1) the LHWCA (Longshore Act), (2) the Jones Act -- which is the law covering injured seamen, or (3) a state workers compensation law.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a federal law which describes workers' and employers' rights and responsibilities for deaths and on-the-job injuries stemming from work in maritime commerce as longshore and harbor workers, such as shipbuilders and ship-breakers.
Claims under the LHWCA are administered under the U.S. Department of Labor. As with state workers compensation claims, trials do not take place with juries, but are heard before administrative law judges.
The LHWCA also has some extensions covering other types of work-related injuries. These are more fully described in the sections below.
The LHWCA has extensions that may seem to have little relation to maritime law, yet provide relief for some other work-related injuries. This includes the Defense Base Act, or DBA, which covers injured employees of military contractors.
If you have been injured while on the job for a military contractor, or if you have a loved one who has been killed or disabled while on the job for a U.S. military contractor, call Stephanie Beard today to learn more about your rights under this important federal law.
As with other claims, you should not delay, or your rights to recover under the law may be limited or even denied!
Did you know? Besides Longshore and DBA, the LHWCA has further extensions that provide relief for work-related injuries. These include:
IF YOU ARE UNSURE WHETHER -- OR HOW -- YOUR WORK-RELATED INJURY IS COVERED UNDER THE LHWCA OR SOME OTHER ACT, CONTACT STEPHANIE BEARD AND LET HER HELP YOU MAKE A DETERMINATION AS TO HOW BEST TO MAKE YOUR WORK INJURY CLAIM.
TO PRESERVE YOUR RIGHTS, DO NOT DELAY, AS YOUR RIGHTS ARE DETERMINED BY THE TIMELINESS OF FILING YOUR CLAIM!