5 facts about workers’ rights

On Behalf of | Nov 10, 2020 | Burn Injuries, Maritime Law |

Some people really like to work with their hands – to feel tired after working a long, hard day. For those who work in oil refineries, on ships, on docks or in shipyards, they face increased risks of injury on the job. Their jobs come with added dangers, such as being injured in a fire, a explosion, by chemical exposure or because of malfunctioning equipment.

Anyone who works a job where injury risks are greater needs to understand their rights. Here are five facts those who work in oil refineries, on ships, on docks or in shipyards should know about workers’ rights:

  1. Workers are entitled to compensation if they suffer injuries at work. This includes if workers suffer an injury to their hands, wrists, shoulders or backs because of repetitive stress and heavy lifting at work.
  2. Those who work manual labor jobs are more likely to receive injuries at work. In fact, commercial fishing and structural construction (which include shipbuilding and repair) are some of the most dangerous occupations. Workers who are in those industries may experience catastrophic injuries, including death.
  3. If you suffer injuries at work, you need to report your injury immediately and find out if your employer requires you to see a specific doctor to treat your injury.
  4. Those who work on ships at sea don’t receive compensation for injuries through worker’s compensation. The Jones Act gives them compensation rights after an injury at work. Those who work in shipyards or on docks may receive work injury compensation under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.
  5. An insurance provider may deny your workers’ comp claim or other worker injury claim. Insurance providers denied about 7% of work injury claims in 2017. However, injured workers can appeal a denied claim.

If you suffer a serious injury at work at an oil refinery, on a ship or in a shipyard, you should consult an attorney who has represented workers in those industries before. You want the advice of someone who understands how severe your injury is and how you can maximize your injury claim to cover your recovery costs and your lost wages.