607 E. Boston St., Suite 207 Covington, Louisiana 70433

(985) 809-1442

Stephanie Griffith Beard, Attorney at Law

Workers' Comp, Longshore/DBA, Jones Act Claims Attorney in Covington, LA


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State Workers' Comp claims


     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:

  •      pressuring you to go back to work before you are able?
  •      refusing to pay for medical treatment for your job injury?
  •      Is your employer or its insurance company denying your claim?
  •      Is there some other dispute over your workers' compensation claim?
  •      Do you need to file a claim for workers' compensation benefits? Or
  •      Is it time for a workers' compensation claim settlement?

      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!


Longshore and Defense-Base Act Claims

General Information about the LHWCA: Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act

     The LHWCA is a federal law which describes workers' and employers' rights and responsibilities for on-the-job maritime injuries. 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.

DBA and OCSLA Claims under the LHWCA

The LHWCA also has some extensions covering other types of work-related injuries. These include:

  • DBA-Defense Base Act
    • Employees of military contractors
  • WHCA-War Hazards Compensation Act
  • OCSLA-Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act
  • NFIA-Nonappropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act

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jones act claims

General Information about the Jones Act

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. 

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