For those employees who are protected by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (Longshore Act), you may be concerned that you have suffered hearing loss because of your job, but that you won’t be able to prove your hearing loss.
Workers’ compensation insurance is, generally, no-fault insurance. That means that once you make a claim that you suffered a work-related injury, your benefits will come through in order to cover your necessary medical expenses and lost wages.
Yes, at RITE Law, we have heard them all. No question, there are some great lawyer jokes out there. But, all lawyer jokes aside, there are some occasions when it is a very good thing that you have a lawyer by your side. One of those times is when you are trying to assert a claim under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (the Longshore Act). Indeed, the workers’ compensation program for those who work on or around the harbors of our nation can be a complicated journey.
We know that a person accused of a crime is always presumed innocent until proven guilty. In fact, the legal concept of the “presumption of innocence” is just one example of many different legal presumptions. A legal presumption is something that a court will decide is true (or presume is true) until there is some other, persuasive factual evidence to disprove it.
If you are a longshoreman, or you work anywhere in the maritime industry, and you get injured, then you would look to workers’ compensation coverage to pay your medical bills and other expenses. Maritime workers, however, could be covered by one of two different types of workers’ compensation plans: either coverage under something called The Jones Act…
Yes, you can choose your own doctor if you get workers’ compensation coverage under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (Longshore Act). Is that a good thing? Definitely.
In the midst of this terrible coronavirus crisis, we are learning about some true heroes. These heroes do not get the media spotlight on a daily basis, these heroes are not those who are able to shelter at home during the crisis. These heroes are the men and women who are working each day at our health care centers, at our grocery stores, at food delivery restaurants, and at the harbors handling important life-saving cargo every day.
Florida provides many maritime-related jobs to its citizens. As such, many people have come to our firm with the same question: Which workers’ compensation program am I under, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or the Florida Workers’ Compensation Law?
In many industries, hearing loss remains a substantial problem. In fact, on military bases and facilities handling military aircraft and other heavy military vehicles, excessive noise levels are a constant problem.
You are a longshoreman, you get injured on the job, and you file your claim. Now what? It is not uncommon to have questions about what comes next after you have put in your claim for a legitimate work-related injury on the job. Of course, an…