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The Outer Continental Shelf Act

The Outer Continental Shelf Act provides injured workers with compensation for losses and expenses ranging from lost wages to medical bills.

The “outer continental shelf” refers to land submerged beneath navigable waters which lies between state and federal jurisdiction and is administered through the Office of Workers’ Compensation Program.

Employees covered by the Outer Continental Shelf Act include:

  • Oil rig workers
  • Longshoremen
  • Harbor workers
  • Ship-repairmen
  • Ship-builders
  • Ship-breakers

Workers who are not covered by the Outer Continental Shelf Act include:

  • A master or member of a vessel’s crew
  • Employees of the federal, state, or foreign governments

Benefits and Compensation

Offshore workers are entitled to medical, surgical, and hospital care performed by a physician of their choice. Injured workers may also be entitled compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and diminished earning capacity.

Eligible dependents of a deceased employee may also be entitled to compensation. Family members may recoup funeral and burial costs, as well as a percentage of the victim’s wages.

The statute of limitations on most Outer Continental Shelf Act claims is one year. It is essential to your claim’s success that you contact a lawyer and file a written claim within this period. Our maritime, admiralty, and boating accident attorneys, serving Louisiana and the entire Gulf Coast region, will help you every step of the way.

If you or a loved one has been injured while working offshore, do not attempt to settle your claim with the company without first consulting an experienced attorney. At The Young Firm, our maritime, admiralty, and boating accident attorneys provide Louisiana and Gulf Coast victims with reliable, aggressive representation. Contact our New Orleans office today to schedule a consultation.