What is the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act?
Longshoremen and those working on oil rigs, platforms, docks, and harbors, and those who work as ship builders, in ship repair, and as offshore mechanics face work hazards that can result in serious or even fatal accidents. The Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) is a federal law that mandates Workers’ Compensation benefits be provided to these workers when they are injured on the job.
The various federal laws governing Workers’ Compensation benefits to longshoremen and offshore workers can be difficult to navigate. Consulting with a longshore and harbor Workers’ Compensation lawyer is essential to ensure workers claim the maximum amount of Workers’ Compensation benefits available.
What If I am Injured in an Offshore Accident?
Filing a Workers’ Compensation claim under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act can be tricky and is best handled by an experienced longshore and harbor Workers’ Compensation lawyer. There are strict statute of limitations deadlines for filing a claim that are subject to the laws of the nearest state to where the injury occurred.
Each U.S. state has its own individual statutes of limitations laws for filing a claim under the OCSLA. In New Jersey, individuals injured in a workplace accident have two years from the date of injury to file a Workers’ Compensation claim. Longshoremen and offshore workers that are injured off the coast of New Jersey would also have two years to file a claim for Workers’ Compensation benefits under the OCSLA.
Most states have a two-year statute of limitations deadline for Workers’ Compensation claims. Fifteen states have a one-year deadline to file a Workers’ Compensation claim, while Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Illinois, and Hawaii have three or more years to file a claim. An experienced longshore and harbor Workers’ Compensation lawyer will know the time frame for meeting the required state’s deadlines and can ensure you are following all state mandates.
What Types of Benefits Can I Receive Under the OCSLA?
Longshore and offshore workers eligible to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits under the OSCLA are entitled to the following benefits:
- Temporary or Permanent Disability: These benefits are paid according to the severity of injuries and how they affect the victim’s ability to perform their work duties.
- Medical Coverage: All hospitalizations, emergency room visits, surgeries, prescription medications, and medical professional costs are provided. Victims can visit the doctors of their choice for treatment.
- Death Benefits: Surviving spouses and children are eligible to receive survivor death benefits. If there is no spouse, or if the victim did not have children, benefits are paid to another eligible family member, such as a parent or sibling.
- Rehabilitation and Retraining Benefits: Job training, physical rehabilitation, and cognitive therapy are all provided to the injured victim through the United States Department of Labor.
Cape May Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Help Injured Maritime Workers
If you were injured in a longshore or harbor accident, contact the Cape May longshore and harbor Workers’ Compensation lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. today. Call us at 888-999-1962 or contact us online for a free consultation. Located in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Pinehurst, North Carolina, we serve clients throughout South Jersey, including Cape May and Wildwood.