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.
- New trends in workers' compenstion claims
- Trying cases in front of the Workers' Compensation Commission
- Ethical issues
- Preparing for the hearing: medical issues
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 Settlement
A. Utica Mohawk Language What Is It And When To Use It
B. Medical Set-Aside Trusts What Is It, When Should I Use It And Why Do I Care?
C. CMS Who Are They, Why Do I Need Them And Will They Ever Get Back To Me?
D. Can Workers' Compensation Affect Client's Entitlement To Medicaid?
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 Hearing: Medical Issues
A. Medical Records
B. Independent Medical Exams
C. Expert Witnesses
D. Deposing The Medical Expert
E. Vocational Evidence
3:25 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
VIII. Degenerative Conditions And Workers' Compensation
B. Maximizing Second Injury Fund Recovery