Workers' compensation does not cover people who work on the water. The Jones Act only covers injured seamen. To bridge the gap, the federal government enacted the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), which covers injuries that occur on the navigable waters of the United States used in loading, unloading, repairing or building a vessel.
Insurance companies fight LHWCA claims tooth and nail. They will fight jurisdiction, claim the injury had another cause or that it is actually a pre-existing condition. There are entire law firms dedicated to defeating these claims. Thus, a worker injured on the water needs an attorney who is highly experienced in LHWCA matters, such as the Metairie longshore claims lawyers of Schwartz Law Firm LLC.
Please contact our Baton Rouge longshore claims lawyers online today. You may also call 504-266-0253, toll free at 800-711-9366, to discuss your situation and to learn more about our services.
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Why You Need An LHWCA Lawyer
Unlike a Jones Act or negligence case, in an LHWCA action the injured worker can only recover medical benefits and lost wages. Unlike a workers' compensation case where benefits usually last for 10 years, the worker is entitled to LHWCA benefits for life. This makes LHWCA actions extremely valuable and explains the insurance companies' resistance.
For this reason, a worker with an LHWCA claim needs to seek out lawyers with specific experience in this field, who can guide him or her through the minefield of discovery proceedings. The LHWCA attorneys of Schwartz Law Firm LLC have litigated many cases in this area.
Contact The Baton Rouge Harbor Workers Lawyers Of Schwartz Law Firm LLC
Claims brought under the specialized provisions of the LHWCA require attorneys who are familiar with the statute's specialized provisions and who will not knuckle under to the insurance companies on the other side. Contact Schwartz Law Firm LLC online or call 504-266-0253 to set up an initial consultation.