Working on the waters in and around Louisiana may provide you with a lucrative living, but it also exposes you to certain risks and hazards. You may understandably be concerned about how your injuries will be covered if you are hurt while working. You may know that you may not receive benefits under the traditional workers' compensation insurance, but you may not know whether you qualify to receive compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act.
Ever since the Defense Base Act’s creation in 1941, there has been confusion over what types of workers are eligible for insurance coverage under this program. While we’ve already discussed how the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs oversees this act, it is crucial to know which employees can sign up for it to obtain the compensation and disability coverage they need.
Many Louisiana residents want to see the world. One way to do that is to work for a company that provides you with the opportunity to travel. Perhaps you ended up working for the Armed Forces or another federal agency in a foreign country, a U.S. territory or a U.S. possession. While there, you suffered injuries. You may wonder whether you could receive benefits through the Defense Base Act.