You’ve probably had occasion to wonder, “Where can I go for information, advice, opinion, news, or comment, preferably in an interactive mode, on matters concerning the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act.”
Well, I have a story to tell you.
I was talking the other day to a fellow who I’d hired back in 1980 to work for me as a brand new, untrained Longshore Act claims examiner in the U.S. Department of Labor’s New York District Office (I can pick them – he’s the President of an insurance company now).
We agreed that it’s a small world for the professional residents of the Longshore community. By which I mean the insurance and claims professionals, attorneys, managers and executives who deal on a daily basis with the Longshore Act. We’d both known the same people in the same places for a long time.
And, although it’s small, it’s a busy world that interfaces constantly with the rest of the universe. Since the 1972 amendments, the United States Supreme Court has averaged nearly one Longshore case per session. And it seems as though not a week goes by without one or other of the Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal issuing a decision in a Longshore case.
And because it’s small and busy, there are common themes and issues that never seem to go away. During my nearly thirty years with the U.S. Department of Labor (including a stint as Acting Director, Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation) and 3 years with The American Equity Underwriters, Inc. (an AmWINS group company), the same questions keep coming up. And these questions have answers. If you know where to go.
We agreed that, clearly, the small, busy, specialized world of Longshore could use more opportunities for communication among its residents.
I know. It’s not much of a story. But it does have a happy ending.
Fortunately, and finally, we now offer the AEU-Longshore “blog” (for want of a better term). Questions, comments, concerns, news, etc.; there’s now a place for it all. And it’s interactive. Give and take. And a lot of those nagging questions now have a place to be put to rest.*
* But keep I mind, as John Maynard Keynes once said, “I’d rather be approximately right than precisely wrong.” Longshore questions usually don’t have simple “yes” or “no” answers.