Category: Legal Questions

Longshore & Harbor Workers Act vs. Mass Workers Compensation

Introduction According to the United States Department of Labor, the Longshore and Harbor Workers Act (LHWCA) provides employment-injury and occupational-disease protection to approximately 500,000 workers who are injured or contract occupational diseases while working on the navigable waters of the United States, or in adjoining areas, and for certain other classes of workers covered by…

Public Employee Retirement vs. Social Security Disability Insurance

Introduction Federal employees who suffer from a medical condition that impacts their ability to work may qualify for federal public employee disability retirement.  The federal government allows employees who are unable to work for medical reasons to retire under a disability retirement program, but it should be considered a last option to be used only…

Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act vs. Jones Act

Introduction The Longshore and Harbor Workers Act (LHWCA) is a federal law that covers individuals who are injured or become diseased while working on the navigable waters of the United States or in adjoining areas. Employees at U.S. military bases overseas, employees of government contractors working outside the country in public, defense, or military projects,…

Do I Have a Workers Comp or Jones Act Claim?

Introduction Workers’ Compensation is an insurance program — administered by the state — that provides compensation in the form of wages and medical care for employees who are injured within the course and scope of their employment. Workers’ compensation laws, policies, procedures, and benefits vary according to the state in which the employee works. For…

The Longshore and Harbor Workers Act vs. The Defense Base Act

Introduction There are a number of United States Federal laws that provide specific types of workers with compensation should they be injured on the job. Two of these laws include the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and the Defense Base Act. Overview: Jurisdiction and Definition The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA) The…