Longshoremen and harbor workers provide valuable services to New York and Manhattan residents by ensuring a steady supply of goods. It is excellent work with good pay, but maritime industries in general are filled with risks.
Those working in harbors, on docks and at sea face many hazards each day. When an accident impacts a worker’s ability to continue earning, the Longshore Act can offer financial relief, ensuring the ability to make ends meet during recovery.
It is comforting to know that you can rely on the Longshore Act to aid you after an injury. However, many harbor workers do not know about all the benefits the program offers. You may already know that the Act covers medical bills associated with your injury. Other valuable benefits that the Longshore Act provides include:
- Disability benefits: You can receive compensation for all kinds of disabilities incurred through work such as permanent, temporary, total and partial disability.
- Vocational rehabilitation: When a workplace accident results in significant injuries and/or disability, the Longshore Act will cover some of the costs of acquiring rehabilitation. This therapy can return you to your job in the best shape to continue your work.
- Death benefits: If an accident should take your life, your survivors may receive significant compensation. The program even provides up to $3,000 for your funeral expenses on top of other compensation.
It is nice to know that you can continue meeting your family’s needs in the wake of a maritime work injury. However, if you encounter difficulty getting your claim approved, you can find assistance from an injury attorney experienced in handling claims filed through the Longshore Act.