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Robert W. Nizich
is an experienced OWCP/Longshoreman attorney who represents longshoremen, harbor workers, shipyard workers, seamen, government contractors working overseas, and offshore oil rig workers who have been injured on the job. If you or someone you love has been injured on the job and is seeking compensation through the Federal Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, the Defense Base Act, the Nonappropriated Funds Instrumentalities Act, or the Outer Continental Shelf Act, you deserve to be represented by an experienced attorney who specializes in these areas of the law and will help you to obtain the compensation you deserve.
Below are the types of workers represented by the Robert W. Nizich Law Office, as well as the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program acts which apply to them. He specializes in protecting the rights of these types of workers. If you have been injured in any of these capacities, contact Robert W. Nizich today to speak to a lawyer who is well versed in the Federal Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (Federal OWCP) and the Department of Labor Claims.
With years of experience litigating Federal OWCP Department of Labor claims, I can help injured longshoreman, harbor or shipyard workers, seamen, overseas contractors, or oil rig workers obtain compensation.
We Do Not Handle FECA Cases
For all FECA claims, contact Steven Brown, ESQ. at www.Federal-law.com
Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act
The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act is a federal law that was enacted to provide for those employees injured while loading or unloading vessels, or those involved in the construction or repair of ships. The longshoreman’s system is administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), and injured workers who qualify for coverage are entitled to claim disability benefits. The Act also provides death benefits to the dependents of deceased employees.
Defense Base Act
Workers who take the risks associated with the rebuilding process in Iraq & Afghanistan – or any workers employed by a federal government contractor working outside the United States – are entitled, under the Defense Base Act, to be compensated for their injuries. According to the Act, injured workers or the dependents of a worker who has been killed are eligible to receive weekly benefits for time lost from work, complete medical coverage, and expenses. In addition, workers who sustain permanent impairment may be compensated with disability benefits.
Outer Continental Shelf Act
Oil rig workers who are injured on the job are entitled to compensation under the Outer Continental Shelf Act. The “outer continental shelf” refers to land submerged beneath navigable waters which lies between state and federal jurisdiction. Through the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program, injured workers can file Outer Continental Shelf Act claims for everything from lost wages to medical bills.
The Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act
The Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act is an extension of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (LHWCA), offering workers’ compensation coverage to civilian employees of non-appropriated fund instrumentalities. The Act applies to civilian workers who provide services to the U.S. Armed Forces, such as Post Exchange services. Like the LHWCA, the Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act is administered by the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP).