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Seat Belts and Personal Injury Claims

Cars are built to be a safe box on wheels that protects drivers from harm. This logic usually leads drivers to believe that they’re being safer in an accident than a biker who is just on a bike, which in that case, is usually true. Anyone who’s been in an accident will admit that it’s a very scary situation, and no matter what vehicle in involved.

Longshore Accidents and the LHWCA

Longshore accidents can be quite serious, resulting in severe disability or death. Even injuries which are less drastic can take a significant amount of time to heal. For this reason, the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA) exists to provide affected employees and their families with benefits in the event such an accident occurs.

Workers Comp – Longshore Accidents and OSHA Standards

The high-hazard nature of longshore work is well known. Stringent regulations are in place to protect workers from injuries and fatalities. But longshore accidents can happen, despite all safety measures, and they are often quite serious, resulting in permanent disability or long-term inability to work.

Fall Protection Prevents Longshore Accidents

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) provides regulations that employers must follow to ensure the safety of their employees. The regulations intended to prevent longshore accidents include detailed descriptions of how fall protection is to be incorporated.

Determination of Impairment in Longshore Accidents

In most states, for determining the amount of impairment for workers comp, longshore injuries are assessed using the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment. The edition used varies by state and, in some states, this is specifically stipulated in statute.

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