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

New OWCP Bulletin Addresses War Hazards Compensation Act Procedure – Part 2

This post continues the review of OWCP Bulletin No. 12-01, which was issued on October 6, 2011.  The Bulletin focuses on the direct payment... More

Eleventh Circuit’s Borrowed-Employment Standard for Longshore Cases

Section 905(a) of the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) provides that an employer’s liability for workers’ compensation benefits to an employee “shall be... More

Bridge Vacuumer Was Not a Longshoreman

Claimant’s main duty in his employment with employer was to vacuum debris which fell into a containment area on a bridge over the Ohio... More

SCOTUS Addresses Fee Shifting in Fox v. Vice

On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its opinion in Fox v. Vice, a civil rights attorney fee case.  In Fox,... More

BRB: Error to Adjust Comp Rate Based on Planned Departure from Afghanistan

Claimant, a Defense Base Act (“DBA”) employee working as a security guard in Afghanistan, injured his back in the course of his work-related training. ... More

Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability Benefits, and Taxation

Generally speaking, workers’ compensation benefits are not taxable.  26 U.S.C. § 104(a)(1).  This includes compensation benefits paid under the Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation... More

What Are “War-Risk Hazards”?

One of the mandatory prerequisites for coverage or reimbursement under the War Hazards Compensation Act is the requirement that the contractor’s injury must have... More

“Greater Compensation” and a Higher AWW Calculation

Recently, the Fifth Circuit again addressed Section 28(b) attorneys fees under the Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act.  In Carey v. Ormey Primary Aluminum... More

DOL-Joint Bar Association, Inc. Formed

A group of maritime practitioners, both representing injured workers, and employers and insurance carriers, who handle claims before the United States Department of Labor’s... More