As a professional involved in workers' compensation issues, you must have a thorough understanding of current medical and legal issues to be truly effective in your workers' compensation practice. This program will navigate through the most recent, and important, medical and legal trends and developments related to workers' compensation, including medical privacy issues, claims related to toxic mold exposure, and specific issues related to Medicare, federal employment, and the workers' compensation exclusive remedy. Discussions and materials will also focus on medical expert testimony, ethical issues and the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, and jurisdictional issues. You will leave with practical, real-world advice, and the ability to handle crucial workers' compensation issues with the utmost confidence and effectiveness. Human resource directors, insurance claims representatives, risk managers, safety directors, rehabilitation specialists, occupational nurses, accountants, attorneys and other legal staff will not want to miss this seminar!
8:30 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
I. New Trends In Workers' Compensation Claims
A. Repetitive Trauma Cases
B. Toxic Mold Exposure
C. Chemical Exposure Injury
D. Emotional/Stress Claims
E. Change Of Condition
F. Use Of Vocational Expert
G. Use Of Life Care Planners
9:40 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
II. Loss Of Wage Earning vs. Permanent And Total Disability
A. Recovery Under The Loss Of Wage Earning (Permanent Partial)
B. Recovery Due To Total Disability
C. Recovery Under Brain Trauma
10:10 a.m. - 10:20 a.m.
10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
III. Trying Cases In Front Of The Workers' Compensation Commission
A. Initial Filing Of Claim
B. Discovery Techniques
C. Use Of Witnesses At Trial
D. Use Of Expert Testimony At Trial
E. Writing The Order
F. Appeal Or Not?
G. Standard Of Review Past Full Commission
11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
IV. Social Security, Medicare And Workers' Compensation
A. What To Look For Before Settlement Of Your Claim
B. The Medicare Advisory Letter
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch (On Your Own)
1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.
V. Medical Privacy Issues; Legislative Developments And Their Impact On Workers' Compensation
1:40 p.m. - 2:40 p.m.
VI. Ethical Issues
A. The ABA Model Rules Of Professional Conduct
B. Practical Insight And Advice
1. Attorney-Physical Inter-Professional Code
2:40 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.
2:50 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
VII. Preparing For The Workers' Compensation Case; Medical Issues
A. Medical Records
B. Independent Medical Exams
C. Expert Witnesses
D. Deposing The Medical Expert; Practical Tips And Strategies
3:25 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VIII. Vocational Evidence
A. Labor Market Surveys
B. Vocational Evaluations
IX. Second Injury Fund
XI. Identifying A Second Injury Fund Claim