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What is Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act?

On Behalf of | May 24, 2019 | Maritime Injuries |

People in Hawaii have many different jobs in order to earn a living and support themselves and families. Many people do work on the land but, as Hawaii is surrounded by water, there are many job opportunities on and around the water. These jobs vary as well. Some people work for various tourist cruises and other recreational activities. Others work in the shipping industry either working on the ships or on the shore servicing the boats in various capacities.

While all these jobs vary in responsibilities, one thing that all maritime workers have in common is that they need to be healthy in order to do their jobs. However, these jobs can unfortunately be dangerous at times and people do suffer injuries while on the job in maritime accidents. The injuries can be costly both physically and financially especially if the worker requires extensive medical treatment and misses long periods of time at work while they recover from the injuries.

These workers could be entitled to compensation though. If the workers are ship repairers, longshore workers, harbor construction workers, involved in loading and unloading ships and other jobs on the docks, piers terminals and other portions of navigable waters they could receive this compensation through the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.

This act provides compensation for medical bills, lost wages and other expenses associated with the injuries. It also provides survivor benefits to the family of those workers who may have died from their injuries while working. This compensation can be very valuable as these workers recover from their injuries.

Many people work in the harbors in Hawaii and play a vital role in ensuring that the shipping industry runs smoothly. It is also important that these workers are able to continue to work to earn income. So, when these workers are injured it can be very devastating for both them and their families. That is why the compensation they can receive is so important. Experienced workers understand this and may be a useful resource.