Elsewhere, in…: California

Howard Neel, of Oroville, California was convicted Tuesday, July 21, 2015 on five counts of workers’ compensation fraud. Mr. Neel was working as a... More

Expenses Awarded for an Unrelated Medical Condition

Plaintiff filed suit following a head injury that allegedly occurred as a result of an automobile accident. The trial court awarded the plaintiff special... More

Maritime Worker Not Entitled to Damages under 905(b) or Warranty of Seaworthiness

Section 905(b) of the LHWCA permits an injured maritime worker to bring suit against a vessel owner for negligence. In Scindia Steam Navigation Co.... More

New Max Comp Rate Announced by LWC

The Louisiana Workforce Commission released a new limits schedule on weekly compensation benefits for claimants injured between September 1, 2015 and August 31, 2016. ... More

11th Circuit Addresses Maritime Salvage Case Arising out of Marina Fire

Under the law of salvage in general maritime law, a person who recovers another person’s ship or cargo after peril or loss at sea... More

Hospitals Must Participate in Quality Reporting Programs or Risk CMS Cutting Payments

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) will soon lift the rate it pays inpatient hospitals in 2016 by 0.9 percent, as long... More

No Punitive Damages Under Jones Act or General Maritime Law

Plaintiff, John Paul Jones, Jr., brought suit in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for damages pursuant to the Jones... More

Constitutionality of Medical Review System Questioned

On July 24, 2015, Judge Donald R. Johnson of the Louisiana 19th Judicial District Court, issued a Judgment on Preemptory Exceptions and Preliminary Injunction... More

Department of Labor Issues Interpretive Letter Clarifying Distinctions Between Employees and Independent Contractors

Finding that employers are incorrectly classifying employees as independent contractors, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Interpretive Letter on July 15, 2015 that... More

Throw Me Something, Mister

Following a head injury that allegedly occurred as a result of a bag of beads being thrown during the 2012 Endymion Extravaganza, plaintiff filed suit... More