For all of the great information available online, I am still a fan of books. These are some of the Longshore and DBA books that I keep on my shelves:
- My favorite DBA book is LexisNexis’s Defense Base Act and War Hazards Compensation Act Handbook. Simply put, all DBA practitioners need this book. Why? Because it is the only one of its kind. The DBA is a relatively new practice area when compared to the century-old history of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. Having a specialized book that addresses DBA-specific concerns and the DBA’s interplay with the WHCA is important. Best yet, the book includes articles from attorneys from both sides of the aisle. The Defense Base Act and War Hazards Compensation Act Handbook is available here.
- Another great book is The Longshore Textbook from Lawyers & Judges Publishing Company, Inc. Already in its Sixth Edition, this book addresses all things Longshore. It is written in a way that makes it accessible for “attorneys, adjusters, physicians, vocational counselors, and insurance professionals.” Moreover, Mouledoux Bland’s own Alan Brackett is a contributor. The Longshore Textbook is available here.
- Although it is less Longshore-specific, Schoenbaum’s Admiralty & Maritime Law is a must-have. The Longshore section is brief, but it is a good, quick, and helpful explanation of the Act. Schoenbaum’s Admiralty & Maritime Law is available here.