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Understanding the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Ac

  • The majority of workers in Louisiana who suffer a work injury will be entitled to workers compensation benefits through their employer’s work comp insurance provider.

    But the state’s workers comp rules and regulations are different from those associated with the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). Continue reading to learn more about how the LHWCA might apply to your case.

    Who Is Entitled to Benefits through the LHWCA?

    Maritime employees are protected by federal laws when dealing with on-the-job injuries, and as such, the ways they go about securing financial support while unable to work are also different from other types of work.

    For longshoremen, shipyard workers, harbor workers, and other maritime employees, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act affords you the monetary support you’ll need after being injured at work.

    What Your Benefits Will Consist of on Claim Approval

    If your claim for benefits under the LHWCA is approved, you should begin receiving your benefits within a couple of weeks. These benefits should cover every single medical- and healthcare-related cost that correlates with your work-related injury and can provide you with approximately 66 percent of your average weekly wages for the duration of your recovery.

    What’s more, if your condition prevents you from returning to work as a maritime employee, the LHWCA provides job training and/or schooling so you can find gainful employment in another field of work.

    Meet with a New Orleans Maritime Injury Lawyer

    Federal maritime laws can be confusing, especially if you’re still recuperating from your injuries. If you want a firm understanding of what’s to come in your maritime work injury case, a qualified New Orleans maritime accident lawyer at the Law Office of Braud & Gallagher can help you. You can visit our website or contact our office at 1-800-256-5674 to schedule your no-cost case assessment.