If you are hurt on the river or you are involved in ship repair, you are covered under the Longshore Act. The Longshore Act is a federal workers' compensation program that is the best workers' compensation law in the United States. You have lifetime medical benefits and lifetime wage loss if you have a severe injury to the back, shoulder, or other body parts.
One of the good things about the Longshore Act is that there is no time limit on when you can file it. We have had clients come in who were hurt two and three years ago, and the claim can still be filed. Many times, the employers do not report these cases to the United States Department of Labor. If there was no filing of the claim in the United States Department of Labor, then you can still file it no matter how late the claim is. Obviously, you have to have medical records that are related to the accident, and possibly you will need some witnesses to prove your case. However, the timeline and statute of limitations for filing your claim is way longer than if you were hurt on a land-based job that is covered under the Workers' Compensation Act of Louisiana.
If you have any questions about whether or not you are involved in a maritime a Longshore case, please call the Schwartz Law Firm today. We take all Louisiana, Metairie, Baton Rouge, and New Orleans cases!