Don't Let the Hearing Be Your Training Ground
Packed with practical information, this seminar focuses on useful hearing tactics that can be used regardless of who you are representing. The result: you'll learn cutting-edge approaches for achieving a favorable outcome for your clients. From initiating a claim to negotiating a settlement, this seminar gives you the strategies you need to succeed – and the confidence that comes from knowing your performance is the best it can be. Register today!
- Ask all the right questions – and know when to just listen – to glean all the crucial facts.
- Prepare for the pre-hearing conference using tips and tactics that will enable you to stand up to any challenge.
- Use crucial assessment techniques to calculate a fair settlement that everyone can agree on.
- Employ direct- and cross-examination methods that will outshine your opponent's.
- Keep your advice updated with a look at current legislative developments.
- Gain tips and techniques for effectively gathering the documentation you need to support your case.
- Learn how to develop a hearing strategy that will support your case and your position.
- Learn how medical issues can impact the settlement process and how you can use them to leverage your case.
- Don't let evidence harm your case: learn how to effectively prepare and present evidence to win your case.
- ALIGNING YOUR ADVICE WITH CURRENT LEGISLATIVE DEVELOPMENTS
9:00 - 10:00, Brian E. Prindle
- A Concise Summary of Key Federal Statutes
- Workers' Compensation Law – A Closer Look at Legislation and Reform Issues
- Examining Relevant Case Law
- PREPARING FOR THE PRE-HEARING CONFERENCE
10:15 - 11:15, James P. Berryman
- Conducting Thorough Case Investigation
- Determining Issues Arising “Out of and in the Course of Employment”
- Filing or Responding to the Claim
- Your Best Strategies for Document Gathering
- Conducting Depositions That Get the Key Information You Need
- Proper Evidence Preservation
- Lay Witnesses – What Information Will Support Your Side of the Case?
- Putting Together a Solid Hearing Strategy
- HOW MEDICAL ISSUES FACTOR INTO THE SETTLEMENT PROCESS
11:15 - 12:15, James P. Berryman
- How Independent Medical Examinations (IMEs) Can be Used
- Interpretation of Medical Records and Reports
- Specific Medical Issues and Their Effect on Disability
- A Company's Vocational Rehabilitation Obligations
- AVOIDING ETHICAL OBSTACLES
1:15 - 2:15, Brian E. Prindle
- Assessing Proper Attorneys' Fees
- Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
- Adhering to Guidelines on Contacting Witnesses and Other Parties
- CALCULATION OF COMPENSATION RATINGS AND SETTLEMENTS
2:15 - 3:15, James P. Berryman
- How Impairment Rating Evaluations (IREs) are Used
- Ascertaining Equitable Compensation Using Standard Earning Calculations
- Determination and Apportionment of Benefits
- What is the Statutory Predicate on Collateral Source Offsets?
- Providing for a Disability With a Medicare-Set Aside Trust
- Structured Settlements - Petitions and Supporting Documents
- Establishing a Mutually Agreeable Settlement and Judgment Offer
- Where Settlement Negotiations Can Go Wrong
- RESULTS-ORIENTED HEARING STRATEGIES
3:30 - 4:30, Brian E. Prindle
- Great Techniques for Submitting and Presenting Evidence
- Conducting Results-Driven Direct and Cross-Examination
- Objections – How to Effectively Refute the Other Side's Case
- When an Appeal to the Workers' Compensation Board Makes Sense
Get practical strategies for handling a workers' compensation hearing with this basic-to intermediate level seminar. Those who should attend include:
- In-House Counsel
- Claims Representatives