In New York, New Jersey, and virtually all other states, a person cannot sue his or her employer for injuries suffered while on the job. Instead, the employer provides the injured worker with wage replacement and medical benefits under the applicable workers' compensation law. Though an employer cannot be sued for its negligence in causing a worker's injuries, other parties, i.e., "third parties," can be sued for their negligence in causing the worker's injuries.
For example, while a union dockbuilder is working on a project to build a cruise ship pier, he is employed by a pile driving company to build the pier's footings, etc. At the same time, a group of workers employed by a steel erection company are delivering steel beams to the project. The steel workers negligently secure a stack of beams, which collapses and injures the dockbuilder. In that example, the union dockbuilder would be entitled to receive federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act benefits from his employer while he was out of work, and he could also file a third-party lawsuit against the steel erection company for its negligence in causing his injuries.
YOU NEED EXPERIENCED MARITIME LAWYERS
Third-party personal injury lawsuits are complex legal matters whose values can differ greatly depending upon how they are handled. If you were injured on or near the water, your potential case requires legal analysis under specialized state and federal laws and statutes such as the Jones Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, the Limitation Act, and other related laws and statutes. Your average personal injury law firm does not have much or even any experience handling cases brought under these specialized state and federal laws and statutes.
Thus, if you want to ensure that your case is handled properly, contact the experienced maritime personal injury attorneys at Gorden Giuliano & Associates. We routinely represent seamen and waterfront workers, and we know how to navigate the complicated state and federal laws and statutes that govern injuries to sailors, vessel crew members, longshoremen, dockbuilders, crane operators, and other people who work on or near the navigable waters of the United States.
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