If you are injured in the workplace, you have the right to file a claim for workers’ compensation insurance. However, dock and maritime workers are covered explicitly by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
What is the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, LHW CA, is a federal legal tool that applies to dock and maritime workers who work in the navigable waters of the United States. That includes the docks, terminals, and surrounding areas, and guarantees them the right to receive compensation for injury, illness, or death in the workplace.
What benefits does it provide?
The LHW CA protects workers who work in this critical activity for the economy and security of our country by granting them financial compensation for time away from work, in addition to the following medical and disability benefits:
- Necessary medical, surgical, and hospital care and treatment.
- Medicines, medical studies, travel expenses, prostheses, therapies, and others.
- Rehabilitation and/or vocational retraining.
- Benefits for eligible dependent survivors if work-related injuries cause or contribute to the death of the worker.
Who is covered by the LHW CA?
The LHW CA covers a group of workers in the maritime industry involved in port construction activities. That includes operation and management of tools and equipment, loading and unloading of merchandise, and others. It covers even non-maritime workers if they carry out their work in navigable water and injuries occur there or in their adjacent areas, as already mentioned.
To keep in mind
By its nature, maritime work activities are dangerous, and injuries occur frequently. At a time like this, it is vital to have the services of experienced professionals with the capacity and ability to defend your rights against private companies to take all the advantages that the LHW CA offers to workers.
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