This is the first post in a series of articles which address the handling of injuries sustained by Illinois longshore workers in the course of their employment. I have decided to write on this topic due to the fact that many do not know how to proceed after they have been injured on the job. Furthermore, the complex legal framework which applies to such cases can make finding a path forward even more difficult. I am writing this series with the intention of providing information which people will find useful when attempting to navigate a difficult situation. It is also my goal to provide information which will assist with the selection of an attorney. If you are in need of assistance then contact my office today to speak with a lawyer.
I will be addressing a number of topics over my coming articles. Issues which I will analyze include:
- How the Jones Act and LHWCA apply in such matters
- The process of bringing a workplace injury claim
- Bringing a claim against additional third-parties
I have chosen to address these topics for multiple reasons. First, while the workers’ compensation system applies to a large swath of the working population, maritime workers’ rights are protected under a different framework. Understanding both the Jones Act and the LHWCA are important to knowing what to expect while your case progresses through the system. Second, it is vital to understand the process of bringing a claim as you only have a limited amount of time in which you may do so. If you miss the relevant deadlines then you will not be able to seek compensation. Finally, while the Jones Act and LHWCA govern employer liability, it is sometimes possible to bring claims against third-parties who are responsible for an injury. These third-parties can include the manufacturers of faulty equipment, third-party vendors who created a dangerous situation, etc.
If you are a maritime worker and have been injured in an accident then contact my office today to speak with an attorney who handles such matters. My office believes in protecting the rights of workers over those of corporations and I understand that this is an important time in your life. We pride ourselves on providing quality service and we are here to assist you. Contact us online or by telephone to speak with an Illinois longshore injury lawyer. We handle matters throughout the state.