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Institution of the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act gives financial compensation to the aforementioned workers whom become hurt during their duties. It also provides for compensation for those employees whom suffer from long term diseases caused by conditions of employment.
Medical and disability benefits are recoverable under the protection of the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act. In addition, compensation for lost wages and rehabilitation programs are also provided by the act. Whether or not the employer was at fault during reception of benefits does not matter to the application of the act in dispensing those benefits. The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act is regulated by the Federal Department of Labor. The Federal Department of Labor has its own set of rules, regulations, and subsequent procedures which change as the court system changes, state to state.
Not only does the act give particular benefits which are payable to employers, they also give hurt maritime employees the opportunity to file a suit against people or entities which have been complicit in negligence other than that persons employer. This allows the said employee to file for damages which may be additional to those stated in the act itself.
These commonly termed, third party liability claims, often come about when boating accidents happen on ships because of the vessel owners’ or crew’s lack of presence. The Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act states that claims made against an employer or employers must be overseen by the Department of Labor. However, suits that are brought against non-employer third parties whom have been accused of negligence are to be set before a court of law, not the Department of Labor.
General Facts about the Longshoreman and Harbor Workers Compensation Act’s Compensation:
- The act provides for medical, surgical and hospital bills.
- Benefits are paid to a widow or widower upon death, or any other eligible survivors, but only if an injury on the job was the cause of death. Funeral expenses are provided for, given that they do not exceed three thousand dollars in total amount.
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