Advanced Workers' Compensation
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax
3950 Fair Ridge Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22033
$349 / Each Additional
Registration Includes Course Book
Continuing Legal Education
- VA CLE - 6.00
- CDMS - 6.00
- CRCC - 6.00
- HRCI - 6.00
- IACET - 0.60
- PACE - 7.00
- SHRM CP/SCP - 6.00
Unravel the Issues. Protect Your Clients.
Employment injuries can be devastating for employees and employers alike. Do you know your rights? Can you differentiate between work-related, compensable injuries and noncompensable injuries? Don't get caught unprepared. You need current, definitive information on all aspects of workers' compensation law and procedure. Attend this seminar and you will come away with clear answers to your most challenging workers' compensation questions. Register today!
- Get a detailed definition and criteria for permanent total and partial disability.
- Examine the details of managed health care provisions and learn how they can help your client.
- Workers' compensation fraud: learn what you can do to prevent it.
- Explore the implications of apportionment for pre-existing or unrelated post-accident disabilities.
- Learn how to handle occupational stress claims and claims for psychiatric injuries.
- Get the latest on claims related to repetitive motion and related injuries.
- Get insider's tips for presenting evidence in a workers' compensation case.
Who Should Attend
This advanced level program goes beyond the basics of workers' compensation and will be of value to those professionals who want to optimize their knowledge of these issues. Those who should attend include:
- Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists
- Insurance Claim/Risk Managers
- Human Resource Professionals
- Workers' Compensation Administrators
- Legislative and Case Law Update
- Selected Issues in Workers' Compensation Law
- Causal Relationship, Apportionment and the Fund
- Medical Issues and Their Role in the Complex Workers' Compensation Claim
- Ethical Obligations
- Litigation Techniques for The Difficult Workers' Compensation Case
Continuing Education Credit
Certification of Disability Management Specialists – CDMS: 6.00
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor – CRCC: 6.00
Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *
Human Resource Certification Institute – HRCI: 6.00
International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60
Professional Achievement in Continuing Education – PACE: 7.00 *
Society for Human Resource Management – SHRM CP/SCP: 6.00
* denotes specialty credits
Agenda / Content Covered
- LEGISLATIVE AND CASE LAW UPDATE
9:00 - 9:45, Kathryn L. Harman
- SELECTED ISSUES IN WORKERS' COMPENSATION LAW
9:45 - 10:45, Kathryn L. Harman
- Permanent Total Disability
- Permanent Partial Disability
- Managed Health Care Provisions
- Self-Insurance Update
- Computation of Benefits
- Workers' Compensation Fraud
- Average Weekly Wage Considerations
- CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP, APPORTIONMENT AND THE FUND
11:00 - 12:00, Eric S. Wiener
- Understanding the Fund Liability Requirements and Available Defenses
- Using the Fund to Your Client's Advantage
- Causal Relationship Considerations
- Apportionment of Pre-Existing or Unrelated Post-Accident Disabilities
- Considerations Regarding the Fund Involvement
- MEDICAL ISSUES AND THEIR ROLE IN THE COMPLEX WORKERS' COMPENSATION CLAIM
1:00 - 2:15, Eric J. Berghold
- Psychiatric and Mental Injuries
- Occupational Stress Claims
- Establishing Stress Claims
- Proving Compensability
- Benefits Available for Stress Claims
- Injury Fund Claims
- Work-Related Aggravations of Pre-Existing Conditions
- Repetitive Motion and Related Injuries
- Vocational Rehabilitation
- Impact of Injury Upon the Worker and "Suitable Gainful Employment"
- Effective Tools for Dealing With Injured Workers
- Cost-Effective Rehabilitation
- The Role of Physical Therapy
- ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS
2:15 - 3:15, Eric J. Berghold
- Rules of Professional Conduct
- Contacts With Parties, Doctors and Rehabilitation Personnel
- Attorneys' Fees
- Lawyer Liability
- LITIGATION TECHNIQUES FOR THE DIFFICULT WORKERS' COMPENSATION CASE
3:30 - 4:30, W. David Falcon Jr.
- Preparation of the Injured Employee's Case
- Preparation of the Employer's Case
- Presenting Evidence in the Workers' Compensation Case
- Settlement Strategies
- ADA and the Injured Worker
- Family and Medical Leave Act
ERIC J. BERGHOLD is a principal with McCandlish & Lillard, where his practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation and workers' compensation, and includes health care malpractice, tort liability, mechanic's liens, and landlord/tenant. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and the District of Columbia. Mr. Berghold appears frequently before the Workers' Compensation Commission. His appellate experience includes arguments before both the Supreme Court of Virginia and the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Mr. Berghold has taught continuing legal education courses in workers' compensation and employment law. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and his J.D. degree from The Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William & Mary.
W. DAVID FALCON JR. is a founding partner of the law firm Ackerman & Falcon, LLP where he concentrates his practice on trying cases before the Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission. He is admitted to practice in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Mr. Falcon earned his B.A. degree from the College of William & Mary and his J.D. degree from the University of Richmond. He is a member of the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group and serves as secretary of the Virginia Workers' Compensation American Inns of Court.
KATHRYN L. HARMAN is of counsel with Semmes, Bowen & Semmes PC, and has experience in employment law, workers' compensation law, products liability, personal injury law, legal malpractice defense, and general liability defense. She is a member of the Alabama State Bar, Appellate Practice, the Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the District of Columbia Bar, the Virginia State Bar, and the Eastern and Western districts of the U.S. Federal Court of Virginia. Ms. Harman is admitted to practice in federal court in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, as well as the Northern and Middle districts of Alabama. Ms. Harman earned her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Marshall University; and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Samford University Cumberland School of Law.
ERIC S. WIENER is a sole practitioner in Arlington, Virginia, where he focuses in the areas of workers' compensation and personal injury. He has spoken previously on workers' compensation, auto claims, and a variety of other topics. Mr. Wiener is admitted to practice in Virginia, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit and the Eastern District of Virginia. He is a member of the Arlington County and Virginia bar associations, as well as the District of Columbia Bar. Mr. Wiener earned his B.A. degree from the College of William & Mary and his J.D. degree from George Mason University School of Law.
Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.
Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am - 5pm Central:
Certification of Disability Management Specialists
Certified Rehabilitation Counselor
Continuing Legal Education
Human Resource Certification Institute
International Association for Continuing Education Training
Professional Achievement in Continuing Education
Society for Human Resource Management