Reporting a Marine Casualty: When is it Necessary?

Since 1986 those in the maritime industry have been required by law to submit to the US Coast Guard a Report of Marine Casualty,... More

Chief Judge of Benefits Review Board to Retire

Hon. Nancy S. Dolder, Chief Judge of the Benefits Review Board, has announced her retirement effective April 30, 2014.  Judge Dolder was appointed as... More

The BRB Went on an Attorney Fee Tear in Early 2014

Did anyone else notice that the Benefits Review Board went on a tear in January and February 2014 with respect to Longshore attorney fee... More

International Safe Container Act

The International Safe Container Act (ISCA, 46 U.S.C. 80501-80509), signed into law in 1977, details the requirements for application and compliance with the International... More

Follow Navigable Waters on Twitter

Navigable Waters has a Twitter account, the handle for which is @navwaters: https://twitter.com/navwaters.  This week we will be live tweeting from Loyola University New Orleans’... More

Fourth Circuit Denies LHWCA Attorney’s Fees Because Compensation Was Paid Within 30 Days

In a new, important Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) decision, the Fourth Circuit addressed Section 928(a) attorney’s fees and the meaning of... More

Plaintiff-Seaman Can’t Recover Emotional Damages For Witnessing Injury To Someone Else

Plaintiff worked as a vessel repair supervisor at his employer’s shipyard facility.   His primary responsibility was the maintenance and repair of Employer’s life boats. ... More

Fifth Circuit Holds that Carrier Has Right of Reimbursement Against a Jones Act Settlement

In a new published decision, the Fifth Circuit addressed “whether an insurer who makes voluntary [Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”)] payments to... More

Dock Owners Liability

Boarding and disembarking from vessels. Without a second thought, mariners do it day in and day out – – most of the time without... More

BRB: Adult Child On Social Security Was Not Entitled to Death Benefits

The Benefits Review Board (“BRB”) published a new opinion addressing the definitions of “child” and “dependent,” as used in the Longshore and Harbor Workers’... More