Download Best Practices for Dual Jurisdiction Claims

This is the PDF (Adobe Acrobat) version of “Best Practices in Dual Jurisdiction Cases: New York General Liability and Workers’ Compensation. Subtitle: A Practical Protocol for Coordinating Workers’ Compensation and General Liability Defense Counsel in Catastrophic Construction Cases.” By Gregory Lois, Esq.

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Understanding Jurisdiction Under the Longshore Act

The Longshore and Harbors Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”) covers longshore/harbor workers and other maritime workers. The Act has also been applied to certain other workers under the Defense Base Act.​

“Status” and “situs.”

The LHWCA set forth the requirements for coverage. “Status” refers to the nature of the work performed; “situs” refers to the place of performance.

Status

The employee claiming benefits under the LHWCA must be engaged in maritime employment, including any longshoreman or other person engaged in longshoring operations, including any harbor-worker including a ship repairman, shipbuilder, and ship-breaker. There are specific exclusion which apply to status (see below). Continue reading Understanding Jurisdiction Under the Longshore Act

Overview of Longshore Benefits

The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act provides for medical benefits and disability benefits to an injured worker. An injured employee is entitled to reasonable and necessary medical, surgical, and hospital treatment and other medical supplies and services required by the work-related injury or illness, such as prescription medications, diagnostic tests, physical therapy, prostheses, hearing aids, attendant care, and the cost of travel for such treatment. An injured employee is entitled to select a physician of his/her choice to provide medical treatment for the work injury.

The LHWCA provides for the payment of compensation for the following four types of disability: temporary partial, temporary total, permanent partial, and permanent total. This compensation can not exceed two-thirds of the employee’s average weekly wage during the period of disability, subject to maximums and minimums. 33 U.S.C. § 908 Continue reading Overview of Longshore Benefits

State of Virtual Hearings: Third Fridays Podcast


“Virtual Hearings” have been a real thing in New York Workers’ Compensation for almost 6 months now. What works and what doesn’t work? Does it help or hurt employers and carriers? Host Christian Sison invites attorney Declan Gourley to the podcast for a brief discussion regarding their experiences with New York State’s interesting new technology. The two attorneys debate over whether this is ultimately good or bad for all parties involved and predict what the Virtual Hearing world will look like, one year from now.
Continue reading State of Virtual Hearings: Third Fridays Podcast

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