Longshore Harbor Workers Compensation Act

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What are the Benefit Levels?

The Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act provides for limited term payments when an employee suffers a permanent loss of use of parts of the body listed in the Act.

This limited payment is called a scheduled award or specific loss benefit and can be paid even if employee returns to the pre-injury employment. A scheduled award may consist of the permanent loss or loss of use of certain limbs or bodily functions, including vision and hearing. Calculation of the percentage of loss is usually prepared by a doctor in consultation with the current edition of the American Medical Association Guide to Permanent Impairment.

Disfigurements of the head, neck, face, or other exposed areas are also considered specific losses.

Employee suffering a specific loss is entitled to compensation in the amount of 2/3 of average weekly wage for the following number of depending on the body part lost:

Body Part Number of weeks
Hand 244
Arm 312
Foot 205
Leg 288
Eye 160
Thumb 75
Index Finger 46
Middle Finger 30
Ring Finger 15
Little Finger 15
Great Toe 38
Other Toes 16
Hearing Loss-Both Ears 200
Hearing Loss-One Ear 52

Longshore & Harbor Workers Compensation Act (LHWCA)

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