In Staten Island and throughout New York, workers understand the importance of workers' compensation benefits. These benefits can provide them with medical care and payments to cover lost income after they have suffered a work-related injury. Often, however, people are unaware that there are specific laws to address certain occupations and help them with their needs with workers' compensation. Once such law is the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act. People in this industry must be aware of their rights and know how to get the benefits they are entitled to.
With this law, those who are employed on commercial vessels close to or on navigable waters can get benefits tailored to their needs. Included are ship builders, dockworkers who load and unload, medical professionals and others who work on a commercial maritime craft. This is a federal law and it is important to have a law firm that understands all aspects of this law when a worker in this industry needs workers' compensation.
There are certain areas of this law that must be understood. One is that a worker seeking benefits does not need to have multiple hearings but will likely need to have at least one hearing. The benefits are comparable to regular workers' compensation benefits, but it is vital to have help from a law firm that is aware of its nuance.
Because so many New Yorkers are employed on the docks and the water and these jobs carry a certain amount of risk, those who are injured must think about the future and consider workers' compensation. Calling a legal firm that has helped many workers in this vocation is key. A firm that knows the ins and outs of the Federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act is imperative and should be contacted as soon as possible.