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Employers and employees in the maritime industry face a number of hazards and dangers each day on the job. These risks are precisely the reason for the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, or LHWCA. Under the umbrella of the LHWCA, maritime workers are protected in case of injury, including permanent partial disabilities, such as hearing loss.

Hearing loss is a serious injury, one which will stay with the worker for the rest of his or her life. Fortunately, compensation is payable to those maritime workers suffering hearing loss from the job. If you are a maritime worker whose hearing has been damaged due to your occupation, contact the experienced and aggressive legal team at Montagna Law in Norfolk, VA.

There are a couple of steps to take if you’ve suffered occupational hearing loss:

  1. Notify your employer IMMEDIATELY after the damage has occurred. Contact Montagna Law for your free consultation to learn more about your rights. Obtain an LS-1 form from your employer, which authorizes medical treatment from the physician of your choice.
  2. Get medical treatment as soon as possible.
  3. Give written notice within 30 days of your injury, using the LS-201 form. Contact the nearest OWCP office for more information.
  4. File a written claim within one year of A) your injury or B) your last compensation payment; whichever date is later.

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Click Here to schedule your free legal consultation with the skilled attorneys at Montagna Law Firm in Norfolk, Virginia.

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