Protecting Workers in Hazardous Environments
The equipment and machinery used to pick up and load containers on and off of cargo vessels can be quite dangerous if proper care and safety measures are not used. Operators of top and side handlers and spotters must be well trained and maintain a constant awareness of their surroundings in order avoid serious accidents and injuries. If a load were to strike an individual or another structure or apparatus, the results could be deadly.
Unfortunately, innocent workers are injured every day in the maritime industry. No matter how careful you are, when you work in these types of hazardous environments, you run the risk of injuries on the job. Equipment can malfunction, the weather may turn treacherous, your co-workers may disregard safety protocols or countless other dangerous situations could arise which could trigger a major accident or serious injury
An Admiralty Lawyer Can Help you Navigate the Law
If you have worked in the maritime industry for some time you have probably encountered some of the laws that are designed to protect injured seamen and other maritime employees. These laws are complicated and can be extraordinarily challenging to sort through on your own. When you are injured in a top or side handler accident or rubber tired gantry (RTG) accident you should consult with an experienced admiralty and maritime injury lawyer who can explain your legal rights.
Depending on the facts of your case, your lawyer may help you to pursue compensation and benefits under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA). The LHWCA is a federal statutory workers’ compensation program that covers longshoremen, dock workers, harbor workers and other maritime employees who are not covered under the Jones Act. The LHWCA program is administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and provides wage replacement and compensation for medical care to maritime workers who are injured in the course or scope of their employment.
It is important to know that when a LHWCA worker is hurt in a maritime incident, such as a top or side handler accident, the worker will generally be required to report the accident to their employer and the federal Office of Worker’s Compensation Programs within 30 days of the date of accident. Limited exceptions to the 30-day deadline exist, but it can be very difficult to meet the criteria required for an exception. If you have questions about the reporting deadline, you should discuss your situation with your lawyer who can review your accident and advise you on how to proceed with your LHWCA claim.
Your Lawyer Can Protect Your Rights
While your company may be promising you that it will take care of you, employers often fail to provide the compensation, medical care and other services necessary to deal with serious injuries because it impacts their bottom line. If you are injured in a maritime accident, an experienced attorney can protect your rights and make sure that your employer is paying you the full compensation and benefits you are entitled to receive under the law. The Willis Law Firm is dedicated to helping injured longshore and maritime workers recover maximum financial compensation. Contact us today at 1-800-468-4878 to discuss your case with a maritime injury lawyer at our firm.