“When I seek out professional advice, I don’t want B.S., I want it straight up. I figure you do also.” - Longshore Attorney Bill Turley
The First Step
When it comes to Longshore Act Cases, nothing is more important than telling the truth. Nothing is more important than your credibility. You need to be up front and honest about every detail about your case.
Do not exaggerate the fine print. If a judge suspects your not being truthful, then they will dismiss your case. Always be honest. Always tell the truth.
The Next Step
Do your research on Longshore Act Cases and 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 when it comes to your Longshore Act Case.
Need help right now?
Give our office a call at (619) 234-2833. Our team of knowledgeable staff are here to help and listen.
LHWCA & Unemployment: Can I apply for Unemployment if my Longshore temporary total disability benefits are stopped?
Applying for Unemployment after you get cut off from Longshore Act temporary total disability benefits or permanent disability benefits can subject you to criminal penalty. Seriously.
This article is by a Longshore Act Lawyer in California and focuses on California law. This article applies to Longshoreman and Harbor Workers that are injured in California. However, most States have almost the same laws as California regarding workers compensation and unemployment.
If you are unable to perform your usual and customary work, then you must not file for California Unemployment benefits. Stated differently, if you are temporarily totally disabled or permanently disabled from returning to your customary work or usual work as a Longshoreman or Harbor Worker - - then you must not file for California Unemployment benefits. It is our understanding that most States have similar laws - so be sure to check the law at your State also.
You have to Swear Under Penalty of Perjury
Under California law you have to state under penalty of perjury that you are ready, willing and able to work in order to qualify for California Unemployment benefits. If you are disabled and unable to perform your usual work, then you have most likely committed perjury. At least that is how you should expect the District Attorney in your County to interpret the law. You don't need or want to go there.
File for State Disability
Instead, you need to file for California State Disability Insurance benefits. This isn't welfare. The State of California takes money out of your check every week. You paid into the system. You should use the money you paid in when you are entitled to the benefits. You will need to have a doctor sign for you stating you are unable to perform your usual work.
Advocate for You Against the Longshore Insurance Company
The way the Longshore Act system is set up is the company doctor will disagree with your doctor over needed medical treatment and disability. This is when you need a seasoned lawyer taking on the insurance company.
Bill Turley has been practicing law for over 25 years. He knows who the best doctors so you can receive the benefits to which you are entitled. He knows the very good doctors who have treated their patients with respect and with attention to their medical condition.
Longshore Act Claims
If you have been injured due to an on the job injury, whether on a container ship, shipyard, or the dock - - you want an experienced attorney who will help you get vital medical treatment and full and fair compensation for all your injuries. At the Tuley & Mara Law Firm, APLC, lawyers from our firm have represented men and women from California since 1987. Contact us so we can begin to help you.
Why Trust The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC?
* Since 1987, The Turley & Mara Law Firm, APLC has worked tirelessly to help their Longshore clients recover. This includes recovering from their work-injury and/or personal injury physically, emotionally and monetarily
* Their firm is respected throughout California's legal community and courts
* Highest rated Longshore Act lawyer / Maritime Lawyer in California by AVVO.com
* Elected President of the Consumer Attorneys
* Elected to Board of Governors of Consumer Attorneys of California
* Bill is asked to lecture to other lawyers. Bill teaches other lawyers how to practice law.
* Speaker at the 2011 California Maritime Seminar (spoke on Longshore Act)
* Chosen as a Trial Master by Consumer Attorneys
* 2011-2017 Super 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