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Crane Operator Injuries in Florida

Information About Benefits After Injury In A Maritime Workplace

Working on a ship, at port or on a dock can easily lead to injury. On a wharf or at sea, constant changes in the environment can cause mistakes. If you are injured in a dock or crane accident, Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A. is an experienced law firm helping clients throughout Florida obtain compensation for workplace injury. On any job site, cranes are dangerous to both those who operate them and those who work nearby. Good hazard communication, training and well-maintained equipment is essential to avoiding serious or fatal accidents. Failure or mishandling of a winch, crane or associated rigging can cause devastating injury, including:

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Understanding Compensation For Maritime Crane Injury

As a longshore worker, crane operators are covered by injury insurance required under the Longshore and Harbor Worker's Compensation Act (LHWCA). Coverage is paid by your employer and delivered by their insurer, not the federal government. If you work on the waterfront or adjoining areas, you are likely covered under the LHWCA. If you are an injured crane operator or dock worker, benefits provided by your employer include the following:

  • Medical treatment. Under the LHWCA, emergency and other current and future care, supplies and services of necessary specialists are covered. If approved by the Department of Labor, you usually have your choice of treating physicians.
  • Disability. Payment is made for partial or total disability. Total disability is defined as inability to work at any job. Partial disability means adaptation either on a temporary or permanent basis to work adapted to your disability. Rates of compensation are based on a percentage of your average weekly wage (AWW).
  • Vocational rehabilitation. Including evaluation, counseling, placement and retraining, vocational rehabilitation is valuable if you are no longer able to work at the same job you had prior to injury.
As with state Workers compensation, a claim under LHWCA extinguishes your right to sue your employer. If you are injured due to the fault of a party other than your employer, our legal team will investigate bringing a third-party claim for personal injury compensation in addition to benefits under the LHWCA. If injured in a maritime accident onshore or off, our attorneys offer comprehensive legal service to pursue all benefits and compensation to which you are legally entitled.

We Help With Disability Claims After Longshore Injury In Florida

With offices in Boca Raton, Orlando and West Palm Beach, the attorneys at Sternberg / Forsythe, P.A., focus on getting you the help and benefits you deserve. You pay no legal fees unless we recover benefits for you. We offer evening and weekend appointments and can travel to you if you are unable to come to one of our locations. Contact us online or at 561.687.5660 for a consultation.