In workers’ compensation actions, “personal injury” means any harm or damage to the health of an employee, however caused, whether by accident, disease, or otherwise, which arises in the course of and out of his employment, and incapacitates him in whole or in part. Employees are entitled to weekly income benefits and coverage of their medical claims if they are injured on the job. While many claims arise under state law, if an employee is injured while performing maritime work occurring on navigable waters or pertaining to the navigable waters (i.e. to the sea, ocean, navigable rivers, or the navigation or commerce thereof), they are protected under the federal Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act (LHWCA), they will have concurrent cases under both state and federal law. Similarly, employees injured by the negligence of a third party, other than his employer, such as the ship owner or another party who is employed by a different employer, may be entitled to compensation from that third party. Bignault & Carter attorneys have extensive experience representing individuals in all of these types of claims, including the State of Georgia Workers’ Compensation claims, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation claims, and the third party actions where an employee is injured on the job by the negligence of a third party, other than his employer.