Seminars

Brand New Online Seminars

As of September 2019 we have launched our first ever online seminar! It covers the exact same material as our in person Longshore Comprehensive Seminar without the need to travel. Our Jones Act Seminar will also be available online soon!

About Our In-Person Seminars

Our seminars are updated frequently throughout the year in an effort to provide the most current and accurate information to our attendees. Seminar materials include a comprehensive text section, copies of the slide presentations, a copy of the Longshore Act, and Department of Labor Forms. 

Who Should Attend?

The Comprehensive and Advanced Longshore Seminars are designed for adjusters, underwriters, supervisors, attorneys, paralegals, risk managers, and anyone who is involved in insurance coverage, litigation, or claims handling of Longshore Act claims.

Can’t attend a seminar? No worries! Buy the materials!

The materials consist of the text, slides and any handouts attendees receive. The cost for the materials is as follows:
1-Day Advanced Seminar Materials Only $275.00
2-Day Comprehensive Seminar Materials Only $525.00
All 3-Days Comprehensive & Advanced Seminars Materials Only $700.00
and The Ultimate Jones Act Seminar - Materials Only is $250.

To purchase materials, please go to the registration page and select the seminar of your choice.

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Seminars We Offer

Comprehensive Seminar

All you need to know to handle claims from either side of the docket. A two-day comprehensive program designed to teach anyone how the LHWCA works, how the administrative actions differ from the statute and regulations, and how to handle claims efficiently with an eye towards valuing and resolving them. This course will prepare any longshore professional – adjusters, attorneys, supervisors, safety and personnel managers, underwriters, judges, auditors, and medical providers in the fundamentals of LHWCA claims. The seminar, presented at locations around the country, is supported with detailed written materials, reference and resources.

All aspects of the Longshore Act and its extensions are covered in-depth during this 2-day seminar. Credits are available for attorneys in states requiring CLE. Continuing education credits are available for insurance adjusters and other professionals. Please also note that most states allow self-reporting. Those states that do not; we will report on your behalf. Per those state CLE reporting laws, please be mindful that a small fee is required. You may provide payment to them or to us; and we will forward the funds to the state on your behalf. Among the topics discussed at length are:

Procedures & Forms

  • Review of Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs procedures and forms to be filed by employer, carrier, and claimant

Jurisdiction & Coverage

  • Coverage under The Longshore Act
  • Tests to determine jurisdiction and exclusions

Notice & Statute of Limitations Requirements

  • Obligation to notify employer of injury or illness
  • Hazards of extended periods of absence
  • Exceptions to statute of limitations
  • How failure to file employer’s first report tolls the statute

Wages, Average Weekly Wage, and Compensation

  • Earnings and benefits making up wages
  • Methods for figuring average weekly wage
  • Maximum and minimum compensation rates
  • When, where, and how compensation is paid and when it can be determined

Controversion

  • When a controversion should be filed
  • Recent court decisions easing rules for controversions

Injury & Presumptions

  • Definition of injury and relationship to presumption of compensability
  • Employer’s burden to present evidence
  • How presumption aids the employee

Medical Treatment

  • Employee’s right to choice and change of physician
  • Hazards of self-procured medical treatment
  • Employer’s options when claimant refuses medical treatment
  • Employer’s right to require an examination

Rehabilitation

  • Why an employee need not accept, but must cooperate in employment evaluation
  • Why an employer may refuse to furnish an employment evaluation
  • Value of a labor market survey

Occupational Disease

  • Handling occupational disease claims
  • Benefits for retirees
  • Third party settlement issues peculiar to occupational disease

Disability

  • Types of disability
  • Differences between scheduled and non-scheduled permanent partial disability
  • Problems in obtaining permanent total disability

Third-Party Claims

  • How an employer is reimbursed after payment of compensation
  • Termination of benefits after an unapproved third-party settlement
  • Claimant’s attorney consideration before settling third-party claims

Death Claims

  • Eligibility of dependents
  • Benefits structure and cost of living allowance
  • Death benefit when death is unrelated to injury

Litigation

  • Structure of court systems having jurisdiction over Longshore claims
  • Position of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs on examiners and district director
  • Preparing for a hearing before an administrative law judge
  • Appeal of decision

Penalties & Interest

  • Penalties for late filing, tardy payment of compensation, and failure to pay an award
  • Interest on unpaid benefits

Special Fund

  • Benefits and hazards of the Special Fund
  • Application process for Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs

Settlement

  • Benefits of settling claims
  • Purpose of withdrawal of claim and end of commutations

Attorney Fees

  • When attorney fees are paid
  • Proper content of fee statement
  • How employer can contest fees