Qualifying a maritime injury
Maritime employment is one of the most dangerous jobs for coastline Georgia workers and others across the globe. Workers are injured regularly on a wide scale ranging from discreet accidents on rigs and boats to complete disasters at sea. Injuries are often very serious and have life-long impacts, which means that injured workers will need extensive compensation agreements. The problem is that there are two different workers’ compensation plans that could apply; the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act coverage is typically the most beneficial to injured claimants.
Understanding the maritime compensation plan
The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act specifically applies to maritime workers who can qualify based on their job duties and the amount of time they spend working in “navigable waters” out on the high seas and along the coastline. Not all harbor workers are covered under this workers’ compensation plan, and maritime transportation companies sometimes attempt to classify injured workers as unqualified.
There are certain predetermined damages an injured worker can claim under federal law. Medical bills for all associated treatments and rehabilitation therapy appointments are included up until the injury has recovered as much as possible, which can be extensive with serious injuries. Many injuries actually result in permanent or partial disability that can be included in the general damages element of the claim. Lost potential wages are also claimable, so the age of the injured worker can have a significant impact on claim values.
How a workers’ compensation attorney may help
The primary reason that companies fight qualification under this federal law is because the legislation also allows workers to file for general damages associated with long-term pain and suffering. Maritime workers’ compensation attorneys in Georgia might focus on qualifying the injured client first and then maximizing the general damages component of the claim because compensation helps make injured workers financially whole after the fact.
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