Have you been injured on the job?
Has your loved one been incapacitated or killed on the job?
Are you having difficulty getting back to work?
Is your employer:
If so, then this firm may be able to assist you with your workers compensation ("workman's comp") claim. Whether you need help negotiating a settlement, getting your medical bills paid, filing a claim, dealing with an insurance company, or some other assistance, call today to discuss how Stephanie Beard may be able to help you. Her work experience includes having worked for a workers' compensation insurance company -- right here in Louisiana.
If you need a workers' compensation lawyer, you should not delay, as your rights may be jeopardized by doing so. Services are not limited to the Covington area, so call Stephanie Beard today!
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.
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.
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!
Separate from Longshore Act and state workers compensation laws, the Jones Act is another federal law which protects injured workers who are masters or members of any crew or vessel. Even if the injury did not occur at sea, if the worker is injured in the course of his admiralty employment, he may pursue benefits under the Jones Act.
The Jones Act is just one of a few federal laws through which injured seamen and their survivors may pursue compensation. Oftentimes, the Jones Act is thought of as a "negligence" statute, and the claimant is able to also file suit under general maritime law for unseaworthiness of the vessel itself.
In any event, in these types of claims, as opposed to the LHWCA, a trial by jury may be elected.