The type of work completed by employees of the maritime industry in Pennsylvania is quite varied. Equally varied are the types of injuries suffered by these same workers every year.
However, what does not vary is the fact that if a maritime accident results in the injury or death of a worker, the victim or their loved ones have the right to seek compensation.
Getting compensation through a Jones Act or Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation (LHWCA) claim is not always difficult. Achieving the maximum potential claim value, on the other hand, can be very challenging.
With the help of our experienced slip and fall law firm, victims can rest easy knowing their claim is being handled by a legal professional with a successful track record.
Victims of an offshore injury or offshore accident have the right to hire a maritime accident attorney to help them get compensation for their damages. When you hire such a law firm, they will manage your claim entirely. For instance:
No law makes it a requirement for victims of maritime accidents to hire a lawyer to represent them. However, it is often highly encouraged to at least consult a case before deciding to move forward with the claim without legal representation.
Insurance companies generally pay out maritime accident injury claims. This is not unlike the insurance companies liable for paying to fix a car when a highway crash happens. Like auto insurance companies, maritime injury insurance companies will employ a number of tactics to reduce the amount of compensation they have to pay out on any particular claim. While such tactics can help save the company money, it is to the direct detriment of the injury victims and their families.
Often, compensation from a Jones Act or LHWCA claim will not provide enough financial support for victims to get back on their feet, let alone pay for all the medical expenses incurred or the income lost as a result of physical disability (whether temporary or permanent.)
Depending on the line of work, an injured maritime employee will be covered by the Jones Act or the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)
Jones Act workers' compensation claims are intended to help injured seamen. It allows them to seek compensation from their employers or insurance coverage paid by their employers due to injuries suffered while on the job.
In most cases, negligence must be established for a Jones Act claim to be filed. Additionally, the Jones Act allows seamen to file a lawsuit directly against their employer if the injuries or death were caused by an unseaworthy vessel.
Per the US Department of Labor, the following maritime workers, among others, qualify for LHWCA benefits:
To understand exactly which types of compensation and which Act protects your rights after a maritime accident, contact a personal injury lawyer experienced in offshore injury claims.
Workers at sea are regularly exposed to many hazards. For instance, they are often required to work long hours in harsh weather conditions that can lead to personal injures.
Moreover, maritime workers can be exposed to accidents involving heavy machinery, slippery decks, sharp objects, and other tools of the trade that can cause serious bodily injury or death. In some cases, maritime accidents may even result from deliberate actions by a vessel captain or another crew member.
Lastly, also consider the following causes of maritime accidents: mishap on board a vessel; vessel sinking; explosions; fire on board a vessel; collision or run-in with another ship or object such as a container or pier; separation of the tow rope from the tugboat during towing operations; and capsizing/foundering.
Are you still unsure whether you qualify for compensation as an injured maritime worker? Contact our experienced accident and personal injury law firm today for a free consultation.
Our team can analyze your accident and injury circumstances and then explain, step-by-step, the process for achieving compensation. If you chose to retain our services, we would only work with you on a contingency basis. That is, if we can't secure payment on your behalf, you will not owe us anything. No Win, No Fee - It's that simple.