Miami Beach Personal Injury Lawyers in Aventura FL
Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act
Longshoremen's rights are protected under a federal law called the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act. Initially this act provided protection to maritime workers who suffered injury while working on navigable waters. Unlike the Jones Act, which requires proof of negligence or fault on the part of the employer, the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act obligates the employer regardless of fault to provide medical benefits, rehabilitation and compensation for lost wages to injured workers or workers suffering from occupational disease related to working conditions. In that respect, this act is similar to worker's compensation. In the event of an employee's death, survivor's benefits are also provided. The Defense Act is a recent extension of the Longshore and Harbor Compensation Act. The Defense Act awards compensation and medical benefits to injured employees and surviving families of employees who have died while working as contractors under the employment of the U.S. government, performing work overseas. Examples of employees protected under the Defense Act are non-military workers employed at military, air and naval bases outside of the United States.
At Templer & Hirsch, our attorneys provide representation and legal advice to clients who have suffered personal injury and wrongful death as well as local business interests.
Please call our office at #1-800-556-LAWS (5297) to arrange a free initial consultation.