Compensation for Injured Dockworkers
Working on a dock carries with it certain risks. Dockworkers can be seriously injured or killed in falls or by falling objects, and they risk having their hands and feet crushed between the dock and vessels. They also routinely handle hazardous materials and work with heavy machinery that can cause serious injury or death.
When a dockworker gets hurt on the job, he or she may be entitled to compensation under one or more laws, including the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, and/or state workers’ compensation laws. A maritime attorney helps injured dockworkers identify the statute under which they have the best claim. For some workers, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act offers the most comprehensive benefits, while for other workers state workers’ compensation or the Jones Act may be a better choice.
Additionally, depending upon the particular circumstances of the accident, an injured dockworker may also have a third party case against the person whose negligence caused the accident, as well as that person’s employer, if that person is not a co-worker. A qualified maritime attorney can evaluate whether or not a dockworker has a viable third party case.
A serious injury can keep a worker off the docks for weeks, months or even years, and his or her medical treatment may cost tens of thousands of dollars. That’s why dockworkers need an experienced maritime attorney on their side who will ensure they receive the maximum amount of compensation available. Maritime attorneys know when and where to file claims and they understand what responsibilities and duties maritime employers have.
Were you hurt in a dockside accident? Contact a Boston maritime attorney today to protect your legal rights.
Latti & Anderson LLP –Boston maritime trial lawyers