Audio CD + Course Book

Handling the Workers' Compensation Case From Start to Finish

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

February, 2018

Product ID#:

78333CDRA

Audio + Course Book

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Continuing education credit
is not available on this program.


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From Event: Handling the Workers' Compensation Case From Start to Finish, held February 2018.

Program Description

Are you fully prepared to handle workers' compensation claims? Walk through the step-by-step practicalities of handling a workers' compensation case, from initial intake through the hearing process. Whether you represent the claimant or the defendant, you'll gain the knowledge you need to effectively advise and zealously defend your client's position. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Overview of Laws and Concepts
  2. Preparing Your Case: Procedures for Claimant and Defendant
  3. Determining the Value of the Claim
  4. Medical Issues During the Claim
  5. Hearings: Practice and Procedure
  6. Ethical Obligations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
For additional questions regarding continuing education credits please contact us at 866-240-1890 or credit@nbi-sems.com.

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. OVERVIEW OF LAWS AND CONCEPTS
    9:00 - 10:00 Written by David H. Keller. Presented by David H. Keller in Greenville and Benjamin T. Cruse in Charleston.
    1. State and Federal Workers' Compensation Laws
      1. Scope of Employer Liability
      2. Who is Covered? - Employees, Independent Contractors, Subcontractors
      3. Compensability? - Injuries and Occupational Diseases
      4. Affirmative Defenses
      5. Extraterritorial Application of State Laws
      6. Non-Occupational Disability Benefit Laws
    2. Types of Benefits and Claims
    3. Statute and Case Law Update
  2. PREPARING YOUR CASE: PROCEDURES FOR CLAIMANT AND DEFENDANT
    10:15 - 11:15 Written by Blakely Bellamy and Benjamin T. Cruse. Presented by Erroll Anne Y. Hodges and Richard J. Smith in Greenville and Blakely Bellamy and Benjamin T. Cruse in Charleston.
    1. Claimant's Attorney: Intake, Investigation and Case Preparation
    2. Defendants' Attorney: Receipt of the File, Investigation and Case Preparation
  3. DETERMINING THE VALUE OF THE CLAIM
    11:15 - 12:15 Written by Erroll Anne Y. Hodges. Presented by Erroll Anne Y. Hodges in Greenville and Blakely Bellamy in Charleston.
  4. MEDICAL ISSUES DURING THE CLAIM
    1:15 - 2:15 Written by Thomas M. Gagne. Presented by Erroll Anne Y. Hodges in Greenville and Thomas M. Gagne in Charleston.
    1. Medical Discovery Issues
    2. Choice of Doctor
    3. Second Medical Opinions
    4. Medical Evaluation Issues and IMEs
    5. Vocational Rehabilitation and Functional Capacity Evaluations
  5. HEARINGS: PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
    2:30 - 3:30 Written by Brian P. McElreath. Presented by David H. Keller in Greenville and Brian P. McElreath in Charleston.
  6. ETHICAL OBLIGATIONS
    3:30 - 4:30 Written by Brian P. McElreath. Presented by Richard J. Smith in Greenville and Brian P. McElreath in Charleston.
    1. Rules of Professional Conduct
    2. Communication with Other Parties
    3. Attorneys' Fees
    4. Lawyer Liability
February 19 - Greenville

ERROLL ANNE Y. HODGES is a member of MGC Insurance Defense LLC, where her practice focuses on workers' compensation defense and employment law. She has extensive experience representing self-insured employers and insurance companies before the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission and in the court system. Ms. Hodges also counsels business and industry on employment law, supervisor training in workers' compensation, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Family Medical Leave Act. She frequently speaks on specific types of injuries and the relationship between federal legislation and South Carolina workers' compensation law. Ms. Hodges is a member of the South Carolina Bar, Greenville County Bar Association, South Carolina Women Lawyers, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association, and Upstate South Carolina Inn of Court. She is admitted to practice in South Carolina. Ms. Hodges earned her B.A. degree from the University of Virginia and her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

DAVID H. KELLER is special counsel at the law firm of Turner Padget Graham & Laney P.A., in Greenville, South Carolina. He practices primarily in the areas of workers' compensation defense. He is also a board certified civil court and family court mediator and provides mediation services with an emphasis on workers’ compensation claims. Mr. Keller is a former attorney for the South Carolina Supreme Court and a former staff attorney for the State Accident Fund. He is an adjunct professor in paralegal studies at Greenville Technical College. He is a member of the Greenville and American (Employment and Labor Law Section) bar associations, the South Carolina Bar (Workers' Compensation Section), the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, South Carolina Self Insurers’ Association (past president and current board member), and National Council of Self Insurance (past member of the Board of Managers). He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Houston and his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina.

RICHARD J. SMITH is managing partner with Smith Injury Lawyers, with offices in Greenville, Spartanburg and Asheville. He practices personal injury cases, workers' compensation claims, Social Security disability claims, and trucking accident cases. He is a certified mediator and is licensed to practice in South Carolina and North Carolina. Mr. Smith is a member of the South Carolina Bar, North Carolina State Bar, South Carolina Association for Justice, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, American Association for Justice, and Injured Workers Advocates. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of South Carolina and his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

February 23 - Charleston

BLAKELY BELLAMY is an attorney in the Charleston, South Carolina office of Gallivan, White & Boyd. She is a member of the firm’s workplace practices group focusing her practice on the defense of workers’ compensation claims on behalf of employers, insurance carriers, self-insured corporations, third-party administrators, and claims servicing agencies. Ms. Bellamy offers valuable and unique insight into the defense and litigation of workers’ compensation claims as a result of her previous experience as a claimant’s attorney. She is experienced in handling claims at all stages of the litigation process, from initial evaluation through appeal. Ms. Bellamy is admitted in South Carolina and U.S. District Court, District of South Carolina. She received her B.S. degree in biology from the University of North Carolina and her J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

BENJAMIN T. CRUSE is an attorney with Shelly Leeke Law Firm, LLC. His practice focuses on workers' compensation defense. Mr. Cruse is a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Charleston County Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in South Carolina. Mr. Cruse earned his B.S. degree from the University of South Carolina and his J.D. degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

THOMAS M. GAGNE is president/owner of Attorney Offices of Thomas Gagne, P.A., with offices in Greenville and Spartanburg. His practice is concentrated in personal injury, including litigation, insurance, negligence, worker's compensation, other torts, and Social Security disability. Mr. Gagne is a former prosecutor with the Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, Fort Jackson, South Carolina; special assistant United States attorney, Columbia, South Carolina; and criminal defense counsel, USAR, 12th Legal Support Organization, Fort Jackson, South Carolina. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, South Carolina Association for Justice, and the South Carolina Workers Compensation Educational Association. He is licensed in South Carolina and New York. Mr. Gagne is a top 100 trial lawyer as designated by The National Trial Lawyers. He earned his B.A. degree from Cornell University and his J.D. degree from the State University of New York Faculty of Law and Jurisprudence.

BRIAN P. McELREATH is a partner at Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC, with a practice devoted to defending employers and insurance carriers in workers' compensation and Longshore claims and all extensions of the Longshore Act. Mr. McElreath practices throughout the states of South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia in the workers' compensation context, and nationally in Longshore, Defense Base Act, and Nonappropriated Fund Instrumentality Act claims. He is a member of the South Carolina Bar, the State Bar of Georgia, and Virginia State Bar. Additionally, Mr. McElreath is a member of the DOL - Joint Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States, the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, and the current chair of the Workers’ Compensation Committee for the South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys’ Association. He earned his B.A. degree in a joint program from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina Asheville, and his J.D. degree from Charleston School of Law.

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