Is This A Workers’ Compensation Claim?
Many river workers believe that if they are hurt on the job, they have
a workers’ compensation claim. In reality, these cases fall under
a completely different set of laws than state-based workers’ compensation
claims. Most injured river workers will have claims under the Jones Act.
In some cases, the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
(LHWCA) will apply. When a third party caused the injuries, a maritime
tort claim may also be appropriate.
In these cases, it is important to work with a lawyer who knows the laws
that apply in river work injury cases and understands that these cases
cannot be handled like typical workers’ comp claims. For example,
injured workers should be granted maintenance and cure payments, which
is a unique benefit available for river and maritime employees. It is
vitally important that you hire an attorney that truly has experience
handling injury cases for river workers, as not all lawyers that claim
to handle these cases actually do! In deciding which lawyer to hire, interview
the lawyer and ask for specific case examples to make sure the lawyer
you are talking to is truly a river injury lawyer.
Handling river work injury cases, we have helped many river workers nationwide
get the benefits to move forward with their lives. We have experience
and skill specific to these matters, so you can be confident that nothing
will be overlooked, and you will get the strong legal representation you deserve.
Who We Represent
At Katz Law, our lawyers stand up for the rights of injured river workers.
Because the work is performed on navigable waters, a unique set of federal
laws apply. If you have been hurt while working on the river, our goal
is to get you all the benefits to which you are entitled. We have nearly
25 years’ history of standing up to towboat companies and river-based
employers to get meaningful results for people who work in the inland
river and related industries.
From our law office in Paducah, Kentucky, we help people from throughout
the United States who work on the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, the
Tennessee River, the Cumberland River, and other major rivers. We represent
mates, deckhands, leadmen, captains, pilots, masters, engineers, cooks,
and anyone else who works on a river vessel, as well as anyone else involved
in the river industry in any capacity.