What is Reimbursable Under the War Hazards Compensation Act? And When is it Reimbursable?

The Defense Base Act (“DBA”) is a system of federal workers’ compensation applied to United States contractors working abroad on U.S. bases or pursuant... More

Collateral-Source Rule Does Not Apply to Cure Expenses Attorney’s Fee Claim Reversed

It is well established under the General Maritime Law that a seaman who becomes injured or ill while in the service of the vessel... More

Sidle Your City’s Sidewalks

Author: Patrick J. Babin The Supreme Court of Louisiana heard a personal injury matter to determine whether the Village of Moreauville kept its sidewalk... More

Presumption in Favor of Treating Physician Does Not Afford Unlimited Credibility

Author: Trevor M. Cutaiar In many personal injury cases, the amount of damages that are awarded to an injured plaintiff can depend largely on... More

No Explanation for Man Overboard = No Liability

Author: Wilton E. Bland, IV The plaintiffs in this case were the parents of a seaman who was lost at sea and presumed dead,... More

Prior Bad Acts Relevant to Damages and Future-Earnings Calculation

Plaintiff suffered serious on-the-job injuries when he fell from a cylindrical cell tower.   Thereafter, Plaintiff and his wife sued Plaintiff’s employer, as well as... More

Supreme Court Grants Another “Vessel” Case. Casino Boats Beware.

On February 21, 2012, the Supreme Court of the United States granted certiorari for Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida.  The issue is... More

Louisiana Third Circuit Follows Suit, Holds Casino Boat Not a Vessel

An intoxicated patron fell down the stairs of the M/V CROWN CASINO, a riverboat casino owned by St. Charles Gaming Company, Inc.  the plaintiff... More

SCOTUS Decides Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Pacific Operators Offshore, LLP v. Valladolid.  The syllabus of the opinion, which was written... More

New Final Rule for LHWCA’s Exclusion of Recreational Vessel Workers

The United States Department of Labor issued a final rule implementing the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Act’s exclusion for recreational vessel workers.  The final... More