The Benefits Review Board (“BRB”) recently affirmed its earlier decision in Wilson v. Service Employees Int’l, Inc. Following a timely motion for reconsideration, the BRB again examined whether Section 28(b) fees are owed following a refusal to pay Section 10(f) adjustments, which are included within the scope of a permanent total disability recommendation or award as a matter of law. Although the employer continued paying voluntary disability benefits before and after the district director’s written recommendation via correspondence, see 20 C.F.R. § 702.311, it nonetheless litigated the claimant’s entitlement to Section 10(f) adjustments. Because claimant was successful, the BRB held that he was entitled to payment of his attorney’s fee under Section 28(b).
Wilson v. Service Employees Int’l, Inc., No. 10-0261 (BRB Feb. 16, 2011).
(Note: I originally published this post on Navigable Waters: A Maritime, Longshore and Defense Base Act Blog.)