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Maritime Injuries Archives

Injured marine worker claims complicated

Marine construction workers in Hawaii face the risk of serious injury while using heavy equipment to restore shorelines, dredge harbors, repair bridges and construct docks. They must overcome a complicated legal structure for claim filing, payment of hospital bills and obtaining missed pay.

Workers comp may cover suicide attempts

Workers' compensation may not cover suicide even though several experts argue that there may be a connection between a work-related physical injury and a long and difficult recovery process that can lead to the taking of one's own life. Last month, in fact, a federal court in Hawaii ruled that a worker was entitled to compensation benefits for an attempted suicide attempt.

What maritime law provides compensation for injuries?

The federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a form of workers' compensation for employees who are disabled from injuries suffered on the nations' navigable waters or in adjacent areas in Hawaii and elsewhere that are used for loading, unloading, maintenance or construction of maritime vessels. It also provides dependent benefits for work-related fatalities and benefits for occupational diseases.

Injuries in Hawaii waters can mean complicated legal claims

Water means life for many us in Hawaii. Commercial fishing is important industry. Tourists come by the millions every year from the mainland and all parts of the globe. Thousands take to the water every day to nature watch, explore reefs or just to get from one island to another.

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