Chicago 2 Day Comprehensive

Chicago 2 Day Comprehensive

The Longshore Institute
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Join us for our next in-person seminar in Chicago, Illinois May 15th and 16th 2024.

Location: 1 S. Wacker, Suite 3100

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. 


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.


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.


Although the Longshore Act is 90 years old, claims handling has changed dramatically since its original enactment. The fault line was 1972 when Congress overhauled the Act from benefit levels to adjudication. Bob Brahm, a claims examiner with the San Francisco Office of Workers’ Compensation Program, understood the difficulty adjusters, lawyers, and others handling and supervising Longshore claims had adjusted the “new” Act’s procedures. He started what is now known as the Longshore Institute in 1986, and for over 30 years we have dedicated our work to teaching the LHWCA and its extensions (Defense Base Act [DBA], Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act [OCLSA], Non-appropriated Fund Instrumentalities Act [NAF], and the District of Columbia Compensation Act [DC]).

The two-day seminar (soon to be offered online) consists of a thorough introduction to the LHWCA dealing with the law as written and as practiced. This includes the definitions, presumptions, jurisdiction, and claims handling. Materials include a written outline of the Act, extensive slides, and personal explanation. Ample time for questions is incorporated into the program. Reporting claims, the filing of forms, the informal claims process, and rules for and strategies for handling trials (formal hearings) and appeals are all discussed. A detailed discussion of compensation rates, disability calculation and entitlement, and medical benefits are also covered. Strategy for both claimant and defense sides are taught. Overall the court emphasis is on correctly evaluating and settling claims. The impact of third-party suits and settlement and legal implications of mishandling those situations is clearly explained. Particular issues such as vocational rehabilitation, death claims, and attorneys fees are also fully explored. There is no other program like this. Participants continually rate it as one of the best continuing education presentations they have ever attended. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the best longshore educator in the country.