These are the classifications of workers who can get workers’ compensation benefits under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act even if you don’t work directly around port and shipping operations:
Unlike other forms of workers’ comp, the Jones Act allows you to sue your employer for negligence resulting in your injury. It’s essentially a personal injury claim.
Figuring out whether your job qualifies for workers’ compensation or other benefits under federal laws can be complicated for maritime employees.
In many jobs, you must seek state workers’ comp. And various federal government employees have separate workers’ comp programs.
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When you’re hurt at work in a job covered by the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, take these steps immediately to be sure you get the financial assistance you’re owed:
The Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act has its own separate legal system for deciding who gets benefits.
It’s run by the U.S. Department of Labor. You’ll get a representative called a claims examiner.
If you have problems getting your benefits, you may go to a trial in front of an administrative law judge.
You want to get a lawyer as soon as you can because the moves you make early in the process affect your ability to get the maximum benefits later.
Having a lawyer gives you more power to push back against insurance companies, get the benefits you need, and move forward after a work injury.
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