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– someone that knows the ins and outs of the Longshore injuries! Under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, an injured worker is entitled to their choice of physician. An injured worker is not required to treat with a doctor the employer or their insurance company chooses. Be careful not to sign a “choice of physician form” the insurance company will likely give you along with several other forms they will tell you are required for you to sign. Sometimes, they even require the forms to be signed prior to authorizing any medical treatment. It is always best to have an experienced Longshore attorney review any documents before you sign and return them to the insurance company.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) provides protection to approximately 500,000 maritime workers across the United States who are injured while on a vessel in the navigable waters of the United States or its adjoining areas. This includes areas used in loading, unloading, repairing and building vessels, as well as areas being built or repaired to aid navigation, such as fender systems.
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The LHWCA provides over $747 million in monetary, medical, and vocational rehabilitation benefits in more than 27,000 cases annually for maritime workers and various other special classes of private industry employees disabled or killed by employment injuries or occupational diseases. In addition, the LHWCA program maintains over $2.8 billion in securities to ensure the continuing provision of benefits for these injured workers in cases of employer insolvency. Claimants depend upon timely receipt of benefits to provide food, housing and a minimal standard of living for themselves and their families.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act benefits are paid directly by an authorized self-insured employer; or through an authorized insurance carrier; or, in particular circumstances, by a special fund administered directly by the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs within the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).
Navigating a Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claim is a very complex and tedious process. If you have been injured on or in a surrounding area described above, contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of RITE law for your Free Case Evaluation today. No recovery, no fees.
Established on 1952, The Non-Appropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act is a Federal act that extends the benefits of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) to protect civilian employees working for the U.S. military on stateside military bases. This includes those working in military department support organizations, in duty-free stores, in food prep/service, as well as in cleaning/sanitation. As a result, the Act essentially provides no-fault workers compensation benefits to these employee segments. These claims are as intricate and tedious as normal LHWCA claims, and you will likely benefit from hiring an experienced attorney. There are no upfront costs or fees – no recovery, no fees.