Audiologists are “Physicians” Under the Longshore Act

The Benefits Review Board (BRB) has held for the first time that an audiologist is a “physician” within the meaning of the Longshore and... More

Analyzing COVID-19 Claims Under the Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act

Members Alan G. Brackett and Daniel P. Sullivan are now co-writing an “Attorney Analysis” column for Reuters Legal News. Their first article, “Analyzing COVID-19... More

Shipowner Violates Scindia’s “Active Control” Duty; Liable to Longshoreman for Over $1MM in Damages

In a recent personal injury lawsuit, Kiwia v. M/V OSLO BULK 9, a stevedore was awarded $1MM for his injuries under 33 U.S.C. §... More

In Recent Maritime Tort Action Eleventh Circuit Says Jury Should Decide Medical Damages

In a recent case, Higgs v. Costa Crociere S.P.A., 969 F.3d 1295 (11th Cir. 08/1420), the Eleventh Circuit found that in a maritime tort action,... More

Virtual Formal Hearings Are Now Mandated

On June 1, 2020, the Chief Judge of the Office of Administrative Law Judges, United States Department of Labor, issued Administrative Order 2020-MIS-00008, which... More

DLHWC Implements Several New Procedures

The United States Department of Labor, Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP), Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC) has implemented a series... More

Our Response to COVID-19

MBLB has a number of commitments, paramount of which is to serve our clients well. As important is our commitment to our team and... More

OWCP Announces Rate Increases

The Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs of the United States Department of Labor has announced the cost of living adjustment effective October 1, 2019.... More

Under LHWCA, Excusable Neglect Standard Applies to Late Filed Attorney Fee Petition

The Ninth Circuit has ruled that the excusable neglect standard applies to late filed attorney fee petitions under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation... More

Supreme Court to Resolve Punitive Damages for Jones Act Seamen

On December 7, 2018, the United States Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari in Dutra Group v. Batterton (18-266). As we reported on... More