Maritime workers (along with railroad workers) are one of the few exceptions to the federal workers' compensation requirements.
In lieu of standard workers' compensation insurance, maritime workers are covered by one of two programs: The Merchant Marine Act (commonly referred to as the Jones Act) and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), both federally mandated programs that apply specifically to the maritime industry.
To learn more about these programs and to determine your eligibility to recover damages through these programs or other avenues, call Long & Long today at (251) 432-2277 for a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experience maritime attorneys.
Merchant Marine Act (Jones Act)
The Merchant Marine Act mandates that maritime employers provide what is known as maintenance and cure for employees injured on the job, regardless of fault. Maintenance refers to a daily compensation benefit meant to cover the costs of shelter and food the injured party would have received aboard the vessel had the injury not occurred. Cure refers to medical expenses incurred as a result of the injury.
In addition to these guaranteed benefits, many maritime workers may be entitled to additional benefits in certain circumstances, such as when the vessel is shown not to be seaworthy. In certain cases, an injured maritime worker may be able to pursue other avenues of recourse as well.
If you or a loved one was injured in the course of employment in the maritime industry, it is essential that you consult with a competent maritime attorney as soon as possible in order to preserve your rights to fair and just compensation for the injuries incurred.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA)
The Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act is designed to cover maritime employees who are not seamen. This includes longshoremen and harbor workers, as well as several other categories of workers, including government contractors and others.
If you've been injured as part of your duties in a maritime job, call us at (251) 432-2277 today. We'll schedule your personal consultation with one of our experienced job injury attorneys, who will review your case with you and get you the compensation you need and deserve. Long & Long is based in Mobile, Alabama and serves clients in and around the Gulf Coast.