Worker’s Compensation

When Do You Need Workers’ Compensation as a Maritime Worker?

Chris Jun 15, 2018

As a maritime worker, you have probably experienced your fair share of injuries. After all, your job isn’t easy. You may be wondering when you would need workers’ compensation as a maritime worker. What kind of injuries that you experience on the job allow you to be eligible to receive workers’ compensation? What would qualify you to receive workers’ comp as a maritime worker? Schwartz Law Firm LLC has all the answers you need about workers’ compensation as a maritime worker. Keep on reading to find out the information maritime workers and workers’ compensation you’re looking for.

Workers’ Compensation as a Maritime Worker

In a workers’ compensation case, it doesn’t matter if your employer or coworker or employee are responsible for any injuries that were sustained. With workers’ compensation, fault is not taken into consideration when a maritime worker is filing for it. It is important to note that workers’ compensation can be offered to maritime workers who were injured on the job. A maritime worker is eligible to receive workers’ compensation regardless of fault through maintenance benefits and cure profits.

Maintenance benefits are financial compensation for daily living expenses, and cure benefits are any medical expenses that are associated with injuries that maritime workers experienced while on the job. Although workers’ compensation lawsuits can be difficult to maneuver, when you have the right legal counsel on your side, it can be worked through. Since you do not need to prove your injury as a maritime worker in order to receive workers’ compensation, if you are injured on the job, you should most definitely apply for workers’ compensation upon experiencing your injury.

Types of Injuries

Maritime workers are prone to various types of injuries while on the job due to its lucrative environment. It is a high-risk career. If you are or becoming a maritime worker, you are definitely aware of what you are getting yourself into. Maritime worker injuries can be prevented with proper training and making full use of formal safety precautions. However, sometimes, accidents are inevitable.

Almost every job as a maritime worker comes with its own inherent dangers, some of the most common of which are:

  • Slip and fall injuries
  • Repetitive use injuries
  • Fishing injuries
  • Head injuries
  • Dock and pier accidents
  • Falling overboard
  • Chemical burns
  • Broken limbs
  • Lost limbs/amputation

Don’t wait to file a workers’ compensation claim as a maritime worker. The experienced and dedicated lawyers at Schwartz Law Firm LLC will take care of everything for you, from the first phone call until your case is over. For more information on various benefits and compensation you may be entitled to, details about general maritime law and your legal rights and options, reach out to the Schwartz Law Firm LLC. We have two locations in Louisiana, one in Metairie and another in Baton Rouge. Feel free to call us at 504-837-2263 for your free initial consultation today.

About Author: Chris

Legal Support and Marketing Director

Schwartz Law Firm was founded by Christopher Schwartz in 1997. After obtaining his MBA and law degrees, Christopher Schwartz served as a Workers Compensation claims adjuster. This experience gave him a view of the system from the inside and inspired him to begin his own practice. Christopher Schwartz has successfully represented many injured employees in Longshore claims, Jones Act claims, and Personal Injury claims. He is a tough negotiator, whose track record includes multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Chris has also authored a book titled “The Road to Justice”. In his book, Chris outlines how he and his colleagues fight for public safety and what role his clients can play in winning their own personal injury cases. Chris is a native of New Orleans and has practiced law in Louisiana for 14 years. As a result, he understands local laws and feels a special loyalty to local people. He takes every case personally. Chris is available to represent clients anywhere in Louisiana and Maritime clients anywhere in the Gulf South. But he is also qualified to represent Defense Base Act clients anywhere in the world outside the U.S. He also focuses on auto accidents, semi-trailer accidents, 18-wheeler accidents and slip & fall accidents.