This course provides a comprehensive overview of South Dakota Workers' Compensation, including the purpose behind the workers' compensation system, basic terminology used in workers' compensation matters and the parties involved in a typical claim.
By taking this course, you will learn the ins and outs of how insurance companies operate in South Dakota. The course is delivered via self-paced, online modules and an end-of-course exam, as described below.
- South Dakota Workers' Compensation Insurance System Overview
This module covers the technical aspects of the rating system in South Dakota including loss costs, loss cost multipliers, premium discounts, the expense constant, schedule rating and experience modifications.
Plus, you will learn how South Dakota administers its assigned risk plan, the role of NCCI in South Dakota, the market share of insurance carriers, self-insurance requirements and the regulatory power of the South Dakota Division of Insurance.
- Overview of the South Dakota Workers' Compensation Legal System
This module covers the various sections of South Dakota's Workers' Compensation Act including employee and employer status, covered injuries, occupational diseases and calculating benefits. Uncover the various rules on notice, waiting periods, mental injuries and statutes of limitation.
You will learn the role of the South Dakota Department of Labor including the hearing process as well as understand the role of managed care plans, treatment guidelines and the medical fee schedule.
This course includes 4 hours of audio and visual instruction.
- Key Legal Issues in South Dakota Workers' Compensation – Part I
In this module, you will learn some of the most common issues litigated in South Dakota workers' compensation cases including the meaning of "a major contributing cause," aggravation vs. recurrence of an injury, the last injurious exposure rule and what constitutes a permanent and total disability claim including odd-lot disability.
- Key Legal Issues in South Dakota Workers' Compensation – Part II
In South Dakota, employers have several defenses available to a worker's allegations of a compensable claim. This module provides an in-depth examination of what constitutes willful misconduct including intoxication, drug use, failure to use a safety appliance, breaking safety rules and failing to follow a doctor's orders.
Plus, this module also examines how the South Dakota Supreme Court and the South Dakota Department of Labor have interpreted the three-day notice requirement and employee excuses for non-compliance.
- The South Dakota Workers' Compensation Update
This live or recorded Webinar provides up-to-the-minute information on new South Dakota Supreme Court cases, South Dakota Department of Labor decisions and legislative changes. You can choose to attend the annual live session or view a recorded version at a more convenient date throughout the year.
An exam is included in the South Dakota Workers' Compensation Series. It consists of 50 questions with a 90 minute time period. You must first take the South Dakota Workers' Compensation Series training modules before taking this exam. You will have one attempt to pass this exam with a passing score of 75% or higher.
You will receive six months of unlimited access to this package. Upon placing your order, you will receive an email with instructions to access your online training. You may begin immediately!
Note: This course may be taken independently for professional development or in conjunction with other courses to earn the Workers Compensation Specialist (WCS) designation. Click on the hyperlinked item for a full description of the designation.