The Board Discusses Summary Decision and the Last Responsible Carrier Rule

Claimant worked as a wastewater treatment plant operator for Employer.  He filed a claim alleging respiratory and skin exposure.  When he filed his claim,... More

Inconsistent Testimony and the Absence of Medical Records Supported Denial of Benefits

In January 2009, claimant suffered an injury at work.  He allegedly reported both a back and a right knee injury but the shipyard clinician... More

In a Short Memorandum Opinion, the Ninth Circuit Reverses a Denial of Death Benefits

In a short Memorandum, the Ninth Circuit reversed and remanded a denial of death benefits: The ALJ’s determination that the claimant did not establish... More

The Industry-Wide Discourse on the Richardson Settlement Order

A few weeks ago, I submitted a post about the settlement approval Order in Richardson v. Huntington Ingalls Inc., 2013-LHC-01317 (OALJ 2013).  Apparently I... More

Prosecuting Misrepresentation and Fraud Under the Longshore Act

Section 31 of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) contains statutory penalties for misrepresentations made by a LHWCA litigant.  If a claimant... More

Benefits Review Board Agrees that Attorney’s Fees Were Not Owed

In a bit of a no-brainer opinion, the Benefits Review Board affirmed a district director’s denial of attorney’s fees.  In Pittman v. Huntington Ingalls, Inc.,... More

The SSA Can Prorate a Longshore Settlement to Determine the Amount of Monthly Social Security Disability Benefits Owed

After Claimant sustained a work-related injury, he settled his Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act claim for a $104,901.54 settlement, which an administrative law judge... More

Follow Navigable Waters on Twitter

Navigable Waters is boldly going where just about everyone else has gone before: Twitter.   The link to the new Twitter feed is here: ... More

New Maritime Articles on SSRN

In case you are in the mood for some light reading, there are a few new articles at the Social Science Research Network that... More

Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry Questionnaire

The Department of Veterans Affairs extended the deadline for public comments about its burn pit questionnaire.  Although the VA’s focus is on veterans, I... More

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