There are many ports in Louisiana, and shipping is a major industry. Many goods and people come and go from these ports, and many people work on the ships or in the ports to ensure the entire enterprise continues to work. These jobs are not only important for the shipping industry, but they are also very important for the workers. These people rely on these jobs to provide for themselves and their families.
So, if they are unable to work because of an injury or illness it could be very detrimental for the worker. However, if the worker was injured or became ill due to their work, they may be able to pursue compensation, which can be very valuable. Many workers are familiar with workers' compensation, but there are special protections for people working in the maritime industry and are injured in a boating accident. One of these is the Longshore Act.
One of the most important issues for a worker after being injured is to receive the necessary medical treatment to heal their injuries. Employers are required to supply all medical professionals to provide treatment, but the worker can select the medical provider that they would like to provide the medical care.
There are a couple of exceptions to this rule though. One is if the worker is unable to choose a medical provider given their condition, but once they are able to they can choose their own doctor. The other is that they cannot choose medical providers who have been placed on a list of unauthorized medical providers under the Longshore Act.
Most people in Louisiana like to choose their own doctor. This is true whether they are hurt at work or not. Under the Longshore Act, the worker is not only eligible to seek compensation for their injuries, but also can choose their own doctor for the most part. These cases can be complicated though. Attorneys in Louisiana understand workers' rights and may be able to help protect them.
Source: United States Department of Labor, "Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act" accessed on Sept. 4, 2017