Sharpen Your Skills With Strategic Insight From Both Sides of the Aisle
Successfully handling a workers' compensation claim requires you to understand and evaluate the issues from both sides. From initiating claims to negotiating settlements, anticipating the actions of the other side increases your chances for success. At this strategic online seminar, experienced faculty from both sides of the aisle will provide you with best practices for building a strong case and obtaining favorable results. Broaden your knowledge of workers' compensation claims and provide your clients with top-notch representation - register today!
- Obtain the latest information you need to navigate the ins and outs of a workers' compensation claim.
- Get a handle on key workers' compensation laws, terms and legal concepts.
- Understand how the workers' compensation insurance carrier decides whether to accept or deny a claim.
- Hear a doctor's viewpoint on impairment ratings, functional capacity evaluations and more.
- Confidently handle workers' compensation claim denials due to pre-existing conditions.
- Ensure you are maximizing your usage of evidence concerning injuries and the recovery process.
- Gain essential techniques to sharpen your workers' compensation settlement negotiation skills.
- Effectively anticipate the actions of the other side in workers' compensation hearings and appeals.
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- Essential Workers' Compensation Laws, Concepts and Legal Updates
9:00 - 9:45, Jonathan R. Klee
- State Workers' Compensation Laws and Guidelines
- Who is Eligible?
- Covered Injuries
- Available Benefits
- Workers' Compensation Insurance Basics
- Key Terms and Concepts
- Disability: Permanent, Temporary, Partial and Total
- Impairment Ratings
- Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Legal Updates
- Navigating Workers' Compensation Processes, Procedures and Forms
9:45 - 10:15, Peter DiMarinis
- Determining the Value of a Claim
- Claim Filing Procedures and Time Limits
- The Medical Evaluation Process
- How Insurers Evaluate Claims
- The Vocational Process: Common Mistakes Attorneys Make
- Key Forms: Avoiding Critical Mistakes
- How Doctors Evaluate Workers' Compensation Medical Issues
10:30 - 11:15, Davin Goldman
- Legal Responsibilities of Physicians
- Impairment Rating Guidelines
- Functional Capacity Evaluations
- Independent Medical Examinations
- Injury Causation
- How MMI is Determined
- Proving - or Disproving - the Validity of Denied Claims
11:15 - 11:45, Warren J. Roth
- Key Causal Connections That Make or Break Claims
- Is There an Employment Relationship?
- Willful Misconduct
- Preexisting Conditions
- Occupational Diseases
- Mental and Stress-Related Claims
- Horseplay Claims
- Travelling Employees
- Off-the-Clock Claims
- Using Evidence to Your Client's Advantage: Claimant and Respondent Strategies
12:45 - 1:30, Warren J. Roth
- Official Medical Records
- Second Medical Opinions
- Documentation of the Recovery Process
- Pre- and Post-MMI Jobs Created
- Accident Reports
- Employment Records
- Witness Statements
- Insurance Carrier Doctor Background and Competency
- Use of Expert Witnesses
- Social Media Landmines
- Mastering the Art of Settlement Negotiation
1:30 - 2:15, Warren J. Roth
- Determining the Right Time to Settle
- Lump Sum vs. Structured Settlements
- Negotiating Payment for Disputed Treatment Costs
- Future Medical Expenses
- Lost Wages and Lost Earning Capacity
- Factoring in Liens
- Minimizing Social Security Offsets
- Medicare - and Medicaid - Set-Aside Considerations
- Essential Workers' Compensation Hearing and Appeal Tactics: Perspectives From Both Sides of the Aisle
2:30 - 3:30, Davin Goldman, Jonathan R. Klee and Lisa M. Tortora
- Ethical Considerations
3:30 - 4:30, James B. Cousins
- Rules of Professional Conduct
- Communication with Other Parties
- Attorneys' Fees
- Lawyer Liability
This basic level online seminar on workers' compensation claims is for:
- In-House Counsel
- Workers' Compensation Administrators
- Human Resources Professionals