Avoid Making Novice Mistakes in Workers´ Compensation Settlements and Hearings
Whether you´re new to this area of law or just want to learn some tips and tricks of the other side, this practical seminar will deliver the foundational knowledge and approaches needed to avoid common errors and achieve favorable outcomes when handling workers´ compensation claims. Come away with valuable procedural techniques, as well as medical and disability benefits insights. Register today!
- Learn valuable tips for preparing your case, negotiating settlements and succeeding at hearings.
- Hear the doctor´s perspective on causation, performing a rating, MMI and using the AMA Guides.
- Find out how to dispute a rating and what body parts are not ratable.
- Avoid settlement mistakes made by the inexperienced – especially in understanding the rights of outside parties, such as health insurance carriers, long and short term disability providers and others.
- Study best practices for analyzing a claim´s recovery potential and determining an appropriate settlement range.
- Make sure to include sufficient settlement agreement language to ensure entry into the secondary injury fund.
- Recognize the nuances of evidence submission and witness testimony in workers´ comp cases.
- Stay up to date on the latest legislative changes and case decisions.
- Benefit from hearing both sides´ strategies for handling cases and from the shared experiences by your colleagues in the audience.
- Missouri Statute and Case Law Update
9:00 - 9:30, Jagadeesh B. Mandava
- Preparing Your Case
9:30 - 10:15, Jagadeesh B. Mandava
- Case Evaluation
- Crucial Evidence to Obtain
- Statute of Limitations – Critical Steps When Time is of the Essence
- Evaluation of Disability Benefits
- Employer´s Attorney: Crucial Evidence and How to Obtain it
- When is Taking Depositions Necessary?
- Deposing Doctors: Mistakes to Avoid
- Properly Filing the Claim: Do´s and Don´ts
- Affirmative Defenses
- The Doctor´s Viewpoint of Medical Aspects
10:30 - 11:30, Dr. Anthony E. Sudekum
- Importance of Medical History and Client Credibility
- Use of the AMA Guides
- Performing an Impairment Rating Evaluation
- Disability Evaluations and Ratings
- Functional Capacity Evaluations
- Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
- HCP Form Letters
- Use of IMEs and Six-Month Reviews
- Mediation Conference
11:30 - 12:15, Jagadeesh B. Mandava, Patrick N. McHugh and Julie L. Petraborg
- At the Conference – Mediation Strategies
- Post-Mediation Conference Settlements
- The Settlement Process
1:15 - 2:00, Jagadeesh B. Mandava, Patrick N. McHugh and Julie L. Petraborg
- Determining the Settlement Range
- Types of Settlements
- Settlement Agreements
- What Should be Included?
- Period of Time for Which Benefits are Paid
- Critical Language
- Pitfalls to Avoid When Settling Cases
- Post-Settlement Issues
- The Hearing
2:00 - 2:45, Jagadeesh B. Mandava, Patrick N. McHugh and Julie L. Petraborg
- Overview of the Hearing Process
- Evidence Admissibility and Submission
- Hearing Strategies
- Preparation: Streamline Your Case
- Submission of Stipulations
- Presentation of Evidence
- Questioning Witnesses: What Questions Should be Asked?
3:00 - 3:30, Julie L. Petraborg
- When an Appeal Makes Sense
- Judicial Proceedings
- Ethical Considerations
3:30 - 4:30, Patrick N. McHugh
- Scope of Discovery
- Communication With Injured Party and Medical Providers
- Responsibility to be Candid With the Court
- Bordering on Fraud
- Conflicts Between the Insurer and the Insured