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Does the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act cover your injuries?

It is no surprise to those Louisiana residents who work on oil rigs that their jobs come with a significant amount of risk. Even though the hazards come from a variety of sources, explosions in recent years have made it more than clear that risks can lead to serious or deadly injuries. Those who work on the outer continental shelf may wonder how their injuries are covered. Fortunately, the federal government accounted for this by enacting the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to extend coverage to oil rig workers under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.

Can you seek compensation for your injuries under the Jones Act?

If you spend more than 30 percent of your time in the navigable waterways around Louisiana and suffer a work-related injury, you would make a claim for compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, but if you don't meet that minimum amount of time, you will need to go another route. In that case, you may be entitled to seek benefits under the Jones Act, or the Merchant Marine Act of 1920. If you meet the definition of a private mariner under the act, you may be entitled to benefits.

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