Two employee compensation laws cover maritime workers who are injured on the job, and one covers losses caused by accidents such as the recent Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. Both the Merchant Marine Act and Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act cover employee maritime injuries. The Oil Pollution Act (OPA) of 1990 covers a broad range of losses caused by oil spills.
Merchant Marine Act
Seamen who work aboard a ship or vessel are covered by the Merchant Marine Act (Jones Act), which provides compensation for your medical bills and loss of wages if you are injured on the job. Note that these boats and vessels can be associated with any maritime employer, not just those in the oil industry. The Jones Act presents some restrictions, such as statutes of limitations and others that can affect your claim.
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) covers all other maritime employees. The Alabama maritime attorneys at Long & Long can determine whether the LHWCA or another law covers you when you have been injured at work.
The Oil Pollution Act of 1990
If you have suffered loss of wages, property, natural resources or any other losses due to an oil spill, you may be entitled to compensation. The OPA recognizes the oil industry’s responsibility to protect people and the environment from oil company negligence.
If you have been injured while working a maritime job or incurred losses from an oil spill please contact Long & Long, Alabama maritime attorneys in Mobile and Baldwin Counties, for immediate legal advice in preserving your rights.