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Five Recent Cases You Should Know About (11/19/2010)

Larson's Spotlight on Psychiatric Injury, Domestic Servant, Tort Claim, Employee Status, and LHWCA Coverage. Larson's surveys the latest case developments that you need to know about. Thomas A. Robinson, the staff writer for Larson's Workers' Compensation Law , has compiled the list below...

National and State-by-State Workers' Comp News Roundup Powered by Larson's (1/21/2013)

Sign up here for our free workers' compensation enewsletters (National or California Edition) to receive weekly news items. Be sure to select the enewsletter of your choice. NATIONAL NEWS: NCCI Posts Report on Medical Services for Claims 20 or More Years Old . Insurance Information Institute...

Supreme Court Rejects "Anything That Floats" Test to Determine Vessel Status

By John E. Kawczynski Field Womack & Kawczynski, LLC . South Amboy, New Jersey In Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida, 2013 U.S. LEXIS 907 , 568 U.S. ____, 184 L. Ed. 2d 604 (Jan 15, 2013), the U.S. Supreme Court was asked to determine whether the City of Riviera Beach, Florida, properly claimed...

US: Gulf of Mexico Oil and Gas Spar is Not a “Vessel”; Jones Act Claim Fails

A worker employed on “the Mad Dog,” an oil and gas spar platform in the Gulf of Mexico on the Outer Continental Shelf and injured when he was testing one of the Mad Dog’s lifeboats was not a “seaman” under the Jones Act and his Jones Act claim could not proceed, held a federal...

Federal: 5th Circuit Finds Offshore Platform Welder Was Not “Seaman” for Jones Act Purposes

The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a federal district court’s grant of summary judgment in favor of a borrowing employer who had been sued by its borrowed employee, a welder, after the welder sustained injuries when gasses exploded while he was performing welding work on an offshore oil...

Federal: Offshore Oil Platform Not a Vessel; No Longshore Benefits Due for Injury

An offshore oil platform nicknamed “Big Foot” was not a “vessel” since it had no means of self-propulsion, had no steering mechanism or rudder, and had an unraked bow, held the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Noting also that the platform could only be moved by being towed through...