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Top 10 Longshore Insider Blogs of 2019
Dec 23, 2019 - The American Equity Underwriters, Inc.

The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. launched its blog in April 2009. Moderated by longshore expert Jack Martone, the blog focused on providing valuable information, advice, and commentary on the United States Longshore & Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act to waterfront employers and marine brokers.

Today, the Longshore Insider blog aligns with all areas of expertise at AEU – from claims to loss control, leadership development to longshore consulting. Closing out our 10th year, it seems fitting to recap the top 10 most popular blogs from 2019.

  1. 5 Questions About Longshore Claims You’re Afraid to Ask

    The complicated nature of claims filed under the Longshore Act can create confusion and frustration among employers. In this blog, our Director of Claims addresses some of the more taboo questions related to fighting or denying claims.


  2. Eight Common Questions about the Form LS-202 and Filing Injury Reports

    It’s common for employers to have questions about filing injury reports, especially when injuries are minor. Here are answers to the most common questions we receive.


  3. Four Reasons Why Employees Should Speak Up About Safety Concerns

    Employees often refrain from expressing concerns about unsafe conditions or practices, and this silence can be the difference between life and death. Here are four reasons to encourage employees to speak up about safety concerns.


  4. Are Independent Contractors Considered Employees?

    The Longshore Act requires employers to provide insurance coverage for employees. When it comes to independent contractors, who’s considered the employer… and an employee? 


  5. Interesting Longshore Court Cases from 2018

    Despite being a relatively quiet year for longshore cases, 2018 saw some interesting judgments related to voluntary retirement and disability, hearing loss, the last responsible employer rule, and more. Here are links to our three-part blog series: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3


  6. Is Work on Fixed Platforms Covered Under the Longshore Act?

    Cases in the federal Fifth Circuit involving fixed platforms have proven tricky when it comes to situs and status considerations.


  7. Are Parking Lots Covered by the Longshore Act?

    Parking lots are sometimes considered part of the employer’s premises – and sometimes not. Here’s a look at the situs, status, and coverage considerations of parking lots, and a related court ruling.


  8. Enlighten Yourself on Lightning Safety

    Lighting strikes more than 300 people in the U.S. annually. Does your facility have measures in place to control lightning hazard exposures? Protect your employees by following some simple guidelines.


  9. Should Employers Perform Audiograms when Employees Leave?

    Under the Longshore Act, employers often pay for hearing loss claims filed many years after employment and exposure has ended. Exit audiograms have the potential to help reduce liability.


  10. 3 Things You May Not Know About Informal Conferences
  11. For Longshore Act claims, informal conferences (IFCs) are an excellent opportunity to expedite claims resolution and can have a major impact on the overall result.

The opinions and comments expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the opinion of ALMA, AEU or Amwins. None of ALMA, AEU, Amwins or the authors are responsible for any inaccuracy of content or for any loss or damages incurred by any party as a result of reliance on information contained in this article. Content may not be published or reproduced without the written consent of the authors. Prior articles may not be updated for accuracy as pertinent information changes over time. The Longshore Insider is intended to provide general information about the industry and should not be construed as legal advice under any circumstances. For legal advice, please consult a licensed attorney.
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