Avoid Preventable Mistakes During the Workers' Compensation Process
Working through a workers' compensation claim can be a long and tedious process that involves many outside parties and steps. Are you able to confidently represent your clients? Do you know what strategies to employ in order to prevent any costly mistakes and attain the best possible results? Don't rely on your cursory knowledge of procedures and risks to get you through the case. Explore the comprehensive nature of a workers' compensation claim and know the process from start to finish. Register today!
- Review the latest legislative developments and case law updates.
- Understand how to comply with and arrange for Medicare-Set-Aside Arrangements.
- Recognize the importance of correctly assessing the injury and case right from the start in order to avoid any costly or unnecessary legal expenses.
- Utilize pre-hearing conferences to resolve disputes quickly and efficiently.
- Easily compile all the necessary documents for a workers' compensation mediation process.
- Use effective negotiation tips that help smooth the settlement process for both sides.
- Know when it is advantageous to pursue an appeal.
- Review the ethical considerations associated with workers' compensation cases, such as disclosure obligations.
- Case Law and Legislative Update
9:00 - 9:45, Paul A. Pauciulo
- Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (WCMSA)
9:45 - 10:30, Paul A. Pauciulo
- Compromise vs. Communication
- Low Dollar Threshold
- Calculating the Total Settlement Amount
- Submitting MSA's to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
- Assessing the Injury and Case
10:45 - 12:00, Kelly M. Davis
- Settlement Methods and Mediation Practices
1:00 - 1:45, Eric J. Stark
- When to Settle vs. Pursue a Claim
- Agreement for Settlement
- Compromise Settlement
- Contingent Settlement
- Combination Settlement
- Lump Sum Payments
- Full or Partial Commutation
- Negotiation Tips
- Pitfalls to Avoid
- Preparing for and Presenting at the Hearing
1:45 - 2:30, Eric J. Stark
- Where and How to Locate Experts
- Rehabilitation Experts
- Preparing Your Experts
- Discovery Techniques
- Medical Examinations
- Evidence Admissibility and Submission
- Questions to Ask Witness
- Cross-Examining Experts
- Proving the Causal Relationship
- Agreed Proposed Decisions and Orders
- What Key Decision-Makers Look For
- Keys to Building and Winning Your Case
- Appeals Procedures
2:45 - 3:30, Eric J. Stark
- When an Appeal Makes Sense
- Judicial Proceedings
- Ethics and Professionalism
3:30 - 4:30, Eric J. Stark
- Scope of Discovery
- Communication with Injured Party and Medical Providers
- Conflicts Between the Insurer and the Insured
- Disclosure Obligations
- Attorneys Fees
This basic-to-intermediate level program is designed to teach attorneys practical strategies for handling a worker's compensation settlement or hearing. It may also benefit claims representatives, paralegals and human resource directors.