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Longshoremen Accidents

The work of a longshoreman or harbor employee can be physically exhausting and dangerous, and those who work in southern Florida ports are considered to have one of the most hazardous jobs in the country.

With three major ports – Port of Miami, Port Everglades and Port of Palm Beach in south Florida, longshore accidents are common. Get the advice of an experienced longshore accident attorney by calling our office.

What Benefits Can You Receive?

Medical care and rehabilitation, and wage benefits. Compensation is two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage, subject to a maximum amount.

The different types of compensation are:

You can receive medical care and rehabilitation, and wage benefits.

  • Permanent Partial Disability:Compensation is payable for the permanent loss or loss of use of certain parts or functions of the body, such as the loss of the arm, hand, fingers, leg, foot, toes, hearing or vision.
  • Temporary Partial and Permanent Partial Disability:Compensation is two-thirds of the employee’s weekly wage loss or loss of wage-earning capacity.
  • Permanent Partial Disability for Retirees:If a worker suffers the onset of a latent occupational disease after retirement, compensation is two-thirds of the National Average Weekly Wage (NAWW) multiplied by the percentage of impairment resulting from the disease.
  • Death benefits:Paid to a widow, children or parents, brothers, sisters, grandparents and grand-children who were dependent on the employee.

What To Do If You Are Injured

Take immediate action if you are injured.

  • NOTIFY your employer immediately. If you need medical treatment, ask your employer for a Form LS-1, which authorizes treatment by a doctor of your choice.
  • OBTAIN medical treatment as soon as possible.
  • GIVE written notice of your injury within 30 days to your employer on Form LS-201. Notice of death must also be given within 30 days.
  • FILE a written claim for compensation within one year after the date of injury or last payment of compensation, whichever is later. A claim for survivor benefits must be filed within one year after the date of death. The time for filing claims in certain occupational disease cases has been extended to two years.

Contact us today to learn about your legal options