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This intermediate level program is designed for attorneys with a fundamental knowledge of workers' compensation claim procedures. It may also benefit workers' compensation administrators, insurance claim/risk managers and human resource professionals.

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This program will go beyond the basics in order to prepare you for any complication that may arise during the life of your claim. (see full course description)

 

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Your Top Workers' Compensation Questions - Answered - Human Resources / Employment Law Seminar

Hone Your Expertise and Go Beyond the Basics

This program will go beyond the basics in order to prepare you for any complication that may arise during the life of your claim. Today's workers' compensation case doesn't simply involve a doctor's opinion and an administrative hearing; it requires a knowledgeable attorney who knows the latest challenges in chronic pain and mental health claims, Medicare set-asides, and negotiation best practices with third-party interests. Make sure you are up to date with the changing landscape in workers' compensation claims so you can effectively represent your clients. Register today!

  • Learn the latest developments in chronic pain management and insurance company strategies for controlling costs.
  • Know best practices for applying and using the American Medical Association guidelines in your case.
  • Identify compelling evidence that helps prove a loss of earning capacity.
  • Recognize when temporary total disability benefits are terminated because of a medical improvement.
  • Understand the types of incidents that can cause a third-party claim and subrogation interest in the case.
  • Know how to accurately set aside payments for Medicare allocations - identify threshold amounts and approval requirements.
  • Avoid unethical situations by understanding the limitations on communicating with medical providers.


  1. Updates and the Latest Must-Knows
    9:00 - 10:00, Written by J. Brian Slaughter. Presented by J. Brian Slaughter in Virginia Beach and Robert M. Himmel in Roanoke.
    1. Are there any new state developments I need to know?
    2. What happens when an employee is injured outside the employer's principal place of business?
    3. How do insurance companies identify and manage the costs of chronic pain?
    4. What are the latest developments in stress and depression claims?
  2. Pre-Hearing and Evidence Tactics
    10:15 - 11:15, Written by Darren Shoen. Presented by Leon R. Sarfan in Virginia Beach and Darren Shoen in Roanoke.
    1. What are the red flags for identifying fraudulent claims and claimants?
    2. When are independent medical examinations used by the defense?
    3. What is the independent medical examination capability of a claimant?
    4. How do I meaningfully apply the American Medical Association guidelines to my case?
    5. How do I accurately calculate average weekly wage?
    6. How do I prove an additional condition is a substantial aggravation of a pre-existing condition?
    7. How do I present evidence for loss of earning capacity claims?
  3. The Hearing
    11:15 - 12:15, Written by Leon R. Sarfan. Presented by Leon R. Sarfan in Virginia Beach and Robert M. McAdam in Roanoke.
    1. When should I pursue an expedited hearing?
    2. What do justices and arbitrators look for?
    3. How does the Workers' Compensation Commission use the American Medical Association guidelines?
    4. When is temporary total disability compensation terminated based on maximum medical improvement?
    5. How do I prove that my client performed a thorough and complete job search?
  4. Third-Party and Subrogation Claims
    1:15 - 2:15, Written by Robert A. Rapaport. Presented by Robert A. Rapaport in Virginia Beach and Mark M. Caldwell III in Roanoke.
    1. What are the types of claims that can be caused by a third-party?
    2. How does subrogation work in relation to third party claims and how do parties maximize their interests?
    3. Are secondary injury funds still a viable option?
    4. How do I maximize payments while calculating the Social Security offset?
  5. WCMSAs
    2:15 - 3:15, Written by Lisa L. Thatch. Presented by Lisa L. Thatch in Virginia Beach and Catherine J. Huff in Roanoke.
    1. When is Medicare approval required in workers' compensation settlements?
    2. Why should I obtain approval from CMS?
    3. What if a case doesn't meet Medicare's threshold amounts?
  6. Ethical Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, Written by Linda D. Slough. Presented by Robert A. Rapaport in Virginia Beach and Linda D. Slough in Roanoke.
    1. When should I refer clients out due to unrelated workers' compensation matters?
    2. What can or can't I bill my clients for?
    3. What are the ethical limitations on communicating with medical providers?
    4. How do courts and disciplinary boards apply the rules of professional conduct in workers' compensation cases?
    5. Where do workers' compensation benefits go if the claimant dies?

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This program will go beyond the basics in order to prepare you for any complication that may arise during the life of your claim. (see full course description)

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