Ft. Lauderdale, FL When it comes to personal injuries related to maritime law, issues can be complicated and thorny. Any seaman or longshoreman seeking compensation for a work-related injury is wise to select an attorney who specializes in maritime law. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett in Ft. Lauderdale are workers compensation and legal maritime experts who protect the rights of seamen and longshoremen hurt on the jobin particular, claims related to the two government acts that set forth the rules and restrictions for compensation of maritime injuries: the Jones Act and the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA).
The Jones Act, formally known as the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal law that allows maritime workers to pursue claims against their employers if it can be determined that an injury or death resulted from a vessels seaworthiness or negligence resulting from crew actions. Similar to workers compensation, covered workers may be entitled to benefits such as medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering damages
The LHWCA covers compensation and liability for employees who work in and around vessels in port, such as workers on a vessel, drilling platform, port, or dock. Under LHWCA, workers have the legal right to compensation for injuries received due to negligence on the part of the employer. LHWCA awards benefits to injured workers, but the law prohibits employees from filing traditional personal injury lawsuits against their employers. However, some workers covered under LHWCA may be able to file a lawsuit in addition to their workers compensation claim.
Determining whether the Jones Act or LHWCA applies
can be confusing, even more so when benefits for an injury are denied to the claimant. The Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett specializes in the Jones Act, the Longshoremen and Harbor Workers Compensation Act, and maritime law. The firms attorneys are expert at representing their clients aggressively so that injured seamen and longshoremen win the maximum amount of financial and medical benefits they deserve.
In addition to maritime law, practice areas of the Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett include workers compensation, including claims under the Defense Base Act; Social Security disability; and personal injury. The law firm can be contacted at 954.618.1776 or toll free 888.854.8700. Initial consultations with the attorneys are free, and there is never a fee until the case is settled or won.
About The Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett, P.A.
The Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett, P.A. - Attorneys at the Law Offices of Jason G. Barnett, P.A., specialize in issues related to Workers Compensation, Social Security disability, maritime law, and personal injury. The four-attorney law firm practices in both Florida and Massachusetts and is headquartered at 1132 Southeast 2nd Ave., Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. To contact the firm, call 954.618.1776 or toll free 888.854.8700; or email firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about the firms attorneys and practice, visit them on the web at http://www.barnettlawyers.com.
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