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Pre-Existing Conditions Do Not Preclude Entitlement to SEBs

The Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a judgment awarding claimant supplemental earnings benefits (“SEBs”). On March 1, 2013, Claimant began his employment,... More

High Water and Duties of Barge Owners and Fleeters

High water is here, and it’s going to get higher before it starts dropping.  In response the U.S. Coast Guard has issued a number... More

Incarcerated Claimant is Not Entitled to Compensation Benefits

Claimant was working for Employer as a general laborer, or welder’s helper, when, on September 25, 2013, Claimant fell from an alleged 20-foot scaffold... More

Sloppy Pleading of Injured Worker Leads to Dismissal of Lawsuit

Plaintiff was working in the hold of a refrigerated cargo vessel that was berthed at the Port of Gloucester, NJ.  He injured his leg... More

No Vicarious Liability for Employer

On December 20, 2009, James Richards rear-ended a van in which plaintiff was a passenger.  As a result of the accident, plaintiff suffered significant... More

Claimant’s Ability to Perform Heavy-Duty Work Despite a Pre-Existing Condition Proves Beneficial

Since March 1, 2013, Claimant was employed by Employer as a driver/grounds man. His job duties consisted of driving to work sites and cutting/dumping... More

Louisiana Resident Denied Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Claimant, a Louisiana resident, worked for Employer as a truck driver.  During the course and scope of his employment, Claimant was injured in Mississippi. ... More

Occupational Disease Presumption Not Rebutted by Hearsay

Claimant was hired by Employer as a welding trainee.  Claimant began experiencing cramping and swelling in his hand, and was diagnosed with compartment syndrome. ... More

Alleged Seaman’s Claims Dismissed for Lack of Negligence

Plaintiff was injured when he allegedly fell from a defective rope ladder while working on a barge.  He filed a lawsuit against his employer,... More