“Ill tell you what the public likes more than anything. It’s the rarest commodity in the world-honesty”- Merle Haggard
My Best Advice
The Best thing you can do for you and your family while dealing with your Longshore Case, is to always tell the truth. No matter what. Your case depends on your honesty. If a judge suspects you are not being honest , then your case will be thrown out.
I have seen it many times in court. Trust me. Do not start a little white lie. Just be honest with your attorney and honest about your injury, and you will be better off.
My Second Best Advice
Order my free book, Win Your Injury Case: The Ultimate No B.S. Guide To Avoiding Insurance Company Tricks That Ruin Your Case [even before you hire a lawyer]. It is full of helpful and useful information that will teach you what to do and not what to do when handling your Longshore Act Case. Do your research folks, and you will succeed in court.
Scheduled Injuries Under LHWCA
The number of weeks of impairment under the AMA Guides to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment needs to be determined by the a physician. Hopefully, the treating physician. This is a "must." You can not receive any monies for permanent disabilities for a scheduled injury under the LHWCA without such an AMA Guide rating.
56% Impairment of leg
Here we will assume a serious leg injury: 56% impairment of the left lower extremity (i.e., leg). Go here to determine number of weeks for the leg.
A leg is 288 weeks.
56% x 288 weeks = 161.28 weeks
Assuming an average weekly wage of $1,345.98 and a compensation rate of $897.31.
161.28 weeks x $897.31 = $144,719.75 in permanent disability.
Sounds simple. However, it is not. You are usually up against wily adjusters that will calculate your AWW low or send you to doctors that will give low permanent disability. Or try and deduct unsubstantiated permanent disability advances.
Discuss your case with a Longshore Act Lawyer in San Diego.
The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC understands that you have questions about your rights and safety, and are probably concerned what might happen to you if you are an injured L&H worker. We are committed to fighting to get you the justice you deserve, and maybe help you regain your peace of mind in the process. Contact The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC today to discuss your case with a San Diego LHWCA Lawyer.
Disclaimer: Please understand these discussions and/or examples are not legal advice. All legal situations are different. This testimonial, endorsement and/or discussion does not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of your legal matter, your particular case/ situation and/or this particular case/ situation. Thanks, Bill Turley