First Circuit Addresses Issues of Medical Causation and Fraud

On January 5, 2017, the Louisiana Court of Appeals for the First Circuit (“First Circuit”) reviewed several holdings by the Office of Workers’ Compensation... More

Death on Platform in State Waters May Be Within OCSLA Jurisdiction

A worker was killed on a platform located in Louisiana state waters when a pressurized valve blew, striking him in the head. The platform... More

Longshore Act Penalties Increased For 2017

The Federal Civil Penalties Inflation Adjustment And Improvements Act of 2015 requires the Department of Labor to annually adjust its civil monetary penalty levels... More

Filing a Comp Claim Does Not Toll Prescriptive Period for Malpractice Action

In Louisiana, the prescriptive period for filing a medical malpractice claim is one-year from the date the plaintiff knew or should have known about... More

Are These the Droids You’re Looking For?

Fukoku Mutual Life Insurance, an insurance firm in Japan, laid off more than thirty claims reps and replaced them with an artificial intelligence system... More

Oil Rebound May Lead to Increased Risk of Work-Related Injuries

After a record-setting number of bankruptcies for North American energy exploration and production companies in 2016, the sector is poised to reap the benefits... More

OSHA Reporting Regulations Challenged in Federal District Court

In a matter currently pending in United States District Court in the Southern District of Texas, the National Federation of Independent Business (“NFIB”) has... More

New Risk Management Program for Chemical Facilities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized amendments to the Accidental Release Prevention Requirements for Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act, Section... More

HHS Releases Medicare “Low-Dollar” Threshold Calculations

Recently, the United States Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) released a new report to Congress to explain data that the Centers for... More

Third Circuit Upholds Finding of a Work Place Accident

Employer, Bechtel O.G.C. Construction Services, Inc. appeals a judgment in favor of Claimant, Evrin Ford, who had previously worked with Employer as a journeyman... More