When you are in need of legal help for workers’ compensation, call a qualified lawyer that handles settlements for your type of work. If you are classified as a longshoreman, hire the firm that has extensive experience in handling claims for injury or death under maritime law. Ms. Christy Johnson with Mainstay Law LLC is the best option for those searching for the best Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act lawyer Alaska or Louisiana has to offer.
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
The United States has developed laws for various industries to ensure that workers receive compensation for workplace injuries. For maritime workers, these laws include the Defense Base Act, the Jones Act, and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
Mainstay Law LLC provides maritime personal injury representation in cases that fall under these acts to help preserve the rights of injured workers. The LHWCA, as it is sometimes referred to, provides compensation in lieu of tort damages for a class of workers commonly referred to as longshoremen. These types of workers are civilian employees who work on navigable waters of the United States or adjoining piers, wharfs and harbors.
Fully Licensed in State Courts of Alaska
The state of Alaska boasts a beautiful coastline that seems untouched by humans in many areas. In reality, Alaska is a maritime state, meaning that sectors that drive the economy are dependent on direct maritime activity.
It is essential that the workers that drive these maritime functions have access to Alaska longshore workers compensation when injured on the job. According to the state’s Labor and Workforce Development department, the Alaskan waters produce more than 60 percent of the nation’s seafood harvest, and significant amounts of oil and gas are produced offshore. If you are a civilian worker in the described injuries and are injured on the job, you may qualify for workers’ compensation.
Do You Qualify for the Workers’ Compensation under the LHWCA?
Mainstay Law LLC’s experience in handling work-related injury cases of the maritime nature allows for a quick determination as to whether you qualify for compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. If you believe that you qualify for compensation due to a maritime injury, contact Mainstay Law LLC today.
In order to be classified as a longshoreman, you historically must satisfy a two-part test. The “situs test” originally required that the injury take place on the “navigable waters of the United States.” In 1972, Congress extended the situs to include many different shore areas and facilities, including any pier, wharf, dry dock, terminal, building way, marine railway or adjoining areas customarily used in the loading, unloading, repairing, dismantling, or building a vessel.
The “status” test requires that the employees must be engaged in maritime employment. If you work in the oil and gas industry on platforms located on the Outer Continental Shelf and are injured on land, then there is a chance you are covered by the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
Some maritime workers may not qualify for compensation under the LHWCA. Exclusions include masters and crew members of vessels; federal, state, and foreign government employees; employees covered by state workers’ compensation; intentional injuries incurred by employees seeking to harm themselves or others. Contact the most experienced maritime lawyer Alaska has to offer to determine if you qualify for compensation from being injured while working.
Mainstay Law LLC: Experts in Representing Injured Maritime Workers
Mainstay Law LLC focuses on maritime-related cases rather than other areas of law. This gives the firm significant experience in handling complex questions and providing expert legal advice. When you contact Ms. Christy Johnson of Mainstay Law LLC, you are sure to be hiring the best LHWCA lawyer Alaska has to offer.
On top of exceptional maritime law and litigation experience, Ms. Johnson has the personal experience of what personal injury can mean to workers in a maritime setting. If you need help with claiming Alaska longshore workers compensation, contact the best lawyer in the area. Call Ms. Christy Johnson with Mainstay Law LLC.