Paducah Maritime Injury Attorneys
Holding Third Parties Responsible for Negligence
Navigating on-the-job injuries and workers’ compensation claims can be overwhelming, but if you’re injured as a river worker, your claim falls under a completely different set of laws that can be even more challenging to understand. Accidents on the water, such as on lakes and at sea, are regulated by maritime laws and thus require workers to file claims that are separate from typical workers’ compensation claims.
Katz Law has recovered millions for clients who have been injured by negligence, including river and maritime employees. If your injuries were caused by a third party and not your employer, you may be able to seek financial compensation through a maritime tort claim. Our Paducah maritime injury attorneys can help you understand your options and work towards your goals when you call.
Going Beyond Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Claims
The federal Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) is a law designed to compensate maritime workers for any injuries they suffer while working and is a no-fault system, meaning that workers can recover damages regardless of who caused the accident. However, one stipulation is that once you file your claim and are compensated, you can’t sue your employer for additional compensation.
If, however, your accident is proven to be caused by a third party, you can pursue a civil lawsuit, or a maritime injury claim, which allows workers to secure additional compensation that often goes above and beyond what workers can get in a longshore and harbor workers’ compensation claim.
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