BRB Vacates Award for Pre-Controversion Attorney’s Fees in Hearing Loss Case

The Benefits Review Board (“BRB”) recently entered a Decision and Order reversing an Administrative Law Judge’s (ALJ) award of attorney’s fees on a disputed... More

BRB Affirms Award Widow’s DBA Death Benefits

The Benefits Review Board (“BRB”) recently entered a Decision and Order in Dill v. Service Employees International (BRB No. 18-0014, October 11, 2018), affirming the... More

OALJ Decision Analyzing Average Weekly Wage Important for Defense Base Act Cases

A recent decision from the Office of Administrative Law Judges (OALJ) addressed the interplay between Section 10(i) and Section 10(c) of the Longshore &... More

Patrick Babin to Speak at Defense Base Act Seminar

Member Patrick Babin will be speaking at the Dallas DBA Seminar 2019: Trends and Trajectories in Defense Base Act Claims on February 6. Patrick’s... More

Benefits Review Board Confirms Administrative Law Judges May Compel Claimants to Sign Medical Release Forms

In a recent case, Mugerwa v. Aegis Defense Services, BRB No. 17-0407 (4/27/18), the Benefits Review Board upheld an administrative law judge’s decision to... More

A Recent Case Upholds Offshore Warehouseman’s Workers’ Compensation Claim under the Longshore Act

A recent case, Malta v. Wood Group Production Services, BRB No. 18-0059 (2018), which was argued in front of the Administrative Law Judge (“ALJ”)... More

Collateral Source Rule Applies to Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Insurance Payments—or Does It?

In a personal injury case, the collateral-source rule bars a tortfeasor, a defendant, from reducing his liability by the amount the plaintiff recovers from... More

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Affirms Denial of Claimant’s Right to Future LHWCA Benefits

A recent case decided by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Parfait v. Director, OWCP and Performance Energy Services, has affirmed the denial of Claimant’s... More

Department of Labor Assesses National Average Weekly Wage for Fiscal Year 2019

Based on data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Department of Labor (DOL) has made a final determination of the national average... More

Patrick Babin to Co-host Webinar on Longshore and DBA Claims: Delayed Onset Occupational Diseases, PTSD

Member Patrick Babin and Andrew Blauert of Labor Management Services, Inc., will co-host an educational webinar on Thursday, November 15, 2018 from 11:00 AM –... More