My new article is out. The Loyola Maritime Law Journal was nice enough to publish my piece, “The War Hazards Compensation Act: A Primer.” As soon as possible, I will update this post with a link to my SSRN page. There, you will be able to download a free copy of the article. In the meantime, here is the abstract:
Over the past decade, the number of Defense Base Act and War Hazards Compensation Act claims dramatically increased. These two acts are inextricably intertwined when a “war-risk hazard” event causes an injured worker’s injury and disability. When that happens, an employer or its insurance carrier may use the War Hazards Compensation Act to secure reimbursement for Defense Base Act benefits and expenses paid on behalf of the worker’s injury and disability. Yet, little has been written to address the procedure for successfully maneuvering a claim from its Defense Base Act infancy to its War Hazards Compensation Act maturity. This article examines the nuts and bolts of Defense Base Act claims that have a War Hazards component and discusses how practitioners should litigate Defense Base Act claims with an eye towards their eventual War Hazards reimbursement.
Finally, the cite for this article is Jon Robinson, The War Hazards Compensation Act: A Primer, 14 Loy. Mar. L.J. 264 (2015).