Live Seminar

Workers' Compensation: Critical Essentials from Both Sides of the Aisle

Seminar

Date:

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79637ER

Location:

Hilton Garden Inn Gulfport Airport

14108 Airport Road

Gulfport, MS 39503

$349.00

$339 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • MS CLE - 6.00

Other

  • HRCI - 6.00
  • IACET - 0.60
  • SHRM CP/SCP - 6.00

Program Description

Sharpen Your Skills With Strategic Insight From Both Sides of the Aisle

Successfully handling a workers' compensation claim requires you to understand and evaluate the issues from both sides. From initiating claims to negotiating settlements, anticipating the actions of the other side increases your chances for success. At this strategic seminar, experienced faculty from both sides of the aisle will provide you with best practices for building a strong case and obtaining favorable results. Broaden your knowledge of workers' compensation claims and provide your clients with top-notch representation - register today!

  • Obtain the latest information you need to navigate the ins and outs of a workers' compensation claim.
  • Get a handle on key workers' compensation laws, terms and legal concepts.
  • Understand how the workers' compensation insurance carrier decides whether to accept or deny a claim.
  • Hear a doctor's viewpoint on impairment ratings, functional capacity evaluations and more.
  • Confidently handle workers' compensation claim denials due to pre-existing conditions.
  • Ensure you are maximizing your usage of evidence concerning injuries and the recovery process.
  • Gain essential techniques to sharpen your workers' compensation settlement negotiation skills.
  • Effectively anticipate the actions of the other side in workers' compensation hearings and appeals.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level program on workers' compensation claims is for:

  • Attorneys
  • In-House Counsel
  • Workers' Compensation Administrators
  • Human Resources Professionals
  • Paralegals

Course Content

  1. Essential Workers' Compensation Laws, Concepts and Legal Updates
  2. Navigating Workers' Compensation Processes, Procedures and Forms
  3. How Doctors Evaluate Workers' Compensation Medical Issues
  4. Proving - or Disproving - the Validity of Denied Claims
  5. Using Evidence to Your Client's Advantage: Claimant and Respondent Strategies
  6. Mastering the Art of Settlement Negotiation
  7. Essential Workers' Compensation Hearing and Appeal Tactics: Perspectives From Both Sides of the Aisle
  8. Ethical Considerations

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *

Human Resource Certification Institute – HRCI: 6.00

International Association for Continuing Education Training – IACET: 0.60

Society for Human Resource Management – SHRM CP/SCP: 6.00


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Essential Workers' Compensation Laws, Concepts and Legal Updates
    9:00 - 9:40, Jeremy T. England
    1. State Workers' Compensation Laws and Guidelines
      1. Who is Eligible
      2. Covered Injuries
      3. Available Benefits
      4. Workers' Compensation Insurance Basics
    2. Key Terms and Concepts
      1. Disability: Permanent, Temporary, Partial and Total
      2. Impairment Ratings
      3. Maximum Medical Improvement (MMI)
      4. Vocational Rehabilitation
    3. Legal Updates
  2. Navigating Workers' Compensation Processes, Procedures and Forms
    9:40 - 10:20, Tristan R. Armer
    1. Determining the Value of a Claim
    2. Claim Filing Procedures and Time Limits
    3. The Medical Evaluation Process
    4. How Insurers Evaluate Claims
    5. The Vocational Process: Common Mistakes Attorneys Make
    6. Key Forms: Avoiding Critical Mistakes
  3. How Doctors Evaluate Workers' Compensation Medical Issues
    10:35 - 11:45, Chris E. Wiggins M.D.
    1. Legal Responsibilities of Physicians
    2. Impairment Rating Guidelines
    3. Functional Capacity Evaluations
    4. Independent Medical Examinations
    5. Injury Causation
    6. How MMI is Determined
  4. Proving - or Disproving - the Validity of Denied Claims
    12:45 - 1:20, Nathan L. Burrow
    1. Key Causal Connections That Make or Break Claims
    2. Is There an Employment Relationship?
    3. Willful Misconduct
    4. Preexisting Conditions
    5. Occupational Diseases
    6. Mental and Stress-Related Claims
    7. Horseplay Claims
    8. Travelling Employees
    9. Off-the-Clock Claims
  5. Using Evidence to Your Client's Advantage: Claimant and Respondent Strategies
    1:20 - 2:00, Nathan L. Burrow
    1. Official Medical Records
    2. Second Medical Opinions
    3. Documentation of the Recovery Process
    4. Pre and Post-MMI Jobs Created
    5. Accident Reports
    6. Employment Records
    7. Witness Statements
    8. Insurance Carrier Doctor Background and Competency
    9. Use of Expert Witnesses
    10. Social Media Landmines
  6. Mastering the Art of Settlement Negotiation
    2:15 - 3:00, Andrew C. Burrell
    1. Determining the Right Time to Settle
    2. Lump Sum vs. Structured Settlements
    3. Negotiating Payment for Disputed Treatment Costs
    4. Future Medical Expenses
    5. Lost Wages and Lost Earning Capacity
    6. Factoring in Liens
    7. Minimizing Social Security Offsets
    8. Medicare - and Medicaid - Set-Aside Considerations
  7. Essential Workers' Compensation Hearing and Appeal Tactics: Perspectives From Both Sides of the Aisle
    3:00 - 3:30, Tristan R. Armer
  8. Ethical Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, Tristan R. Armer
    1. Rules of Professional Conduct
    2. Communication with Other Parties
    3. Attorneys' Fees
    4. Lawyer Liability

TRISTAN R. ARMER is an attorney with Heidelberg, Steinberger, P.A., in Pascagoula, where his primary practice is representing employers in workers' compensation claims, longshore and harbor workers' claims, and general liability claims. With a background in finance, he also handles bankruptcy, commercial, financial, real property, security interest, and lending issues. Mr. Armer is experienced in all areas of litigation in both state and federal courts, including numerous jury trials, regulatory hearings, criminal matters and adversarial proceedings in bankruptcy courts. He is a past-president of the Jackson County Bar Association and was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® Mid-South Edition in the workers’ compensation practice area. Mr. Armer earned his B.B.A. degree from James Madison University and his J.D. degree from the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University.

ANDREW C. BURRELL is founder of his firm Andrew C. Burrell Attorney and practices in the areas of personal injury (plaintiff), products liability, Social Security, and workers' compensation law. He is admitted to practice in Mississippi courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit. Mr. Burrell is a member of The Mississippi Bar, the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, the Harrison County Young Lawyers, the American Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. He earned his B.P.A. degree from Mississippi State University and his J.D. degree from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi.

NATHAN L. BURROW is a member in the Gulfport law firm of Franke & Salloum, PLLC, where he practices in the areas of civil litigation and the defense of employers and insurers under the Mississippi Workers’ Compensation Act and Alabama Workers’ Compensation Act. He previously served as a law clerk to Honorable Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge John M. Roper for the Southern District of Mississippi. Mr. Burrow is a member of The Mississippi Bar, the Jackson County Bar Association, the Harrison County Bar Association, the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association, and the Russell-Blass-Walker Chapter of American Inns of Court. He was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers® Rising Stars® Mid-South Edition for 2014-2017 in the area of civil litigation. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from The University of Mississippi and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from The University of Mississippi School of Law.

JEREMY T. ENGLAND is a senior attorney with Speed, Seta, Martin, Trivett & Stubley, LLC. He earned his B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from Mississippi State University, where he served as vice president of the Student Association. Mr. England earned his J.D. degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law. While in law school, he served on the Moot Court Board and the Law School Student Government Association. Mr. England was named the Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year for the State of Mississippi for 2014-2015, and he has been named a Mid-South Rising Star by Super Lawyer Magazine each year from 2012 - 2016.

CHRIS E. WIGGINS, M.D., enjoyed a 40-year career as a board-certified orthopedic surgeon on the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He has extensive experience in the many aspects of civil testimony, workers' compensation and medicolegal practice. Dr. Wiggins has authored a treatise, Orthopedic and Musculoskeletal Impairment Ratings: A Concise Guide which is published by Lippincott, a mainstream medical and scientific publisher. The manual simplifies the complex task of assigning value to musculoskeletal injuries. He is now engaged in Premier Healthcare Consulting, his full-time medicolegal practice that provides independent medical examinations. Additionally, Dr. Wiggins is a rehabilitation director for several Mississippi Coast skilled nursing facilities. He graduated first in his medical school class. He has an emeritus position with the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. Dr. Wiggins has authored eleven medical papers and over 14 articles for the lay press.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

MS CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This course has been approved by the Mississippi Commission on Continuing Legal Education for a maximum of 6.0 hours of credit, which includes 1.0 hour of ethics.


Human Resource Certification Institute

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N HR: 6.00
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International Association for Continuing Education Training

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N IACET: 0.60
NBI, Inc. is accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and is authorized to issue the IACET CEU. NBI, Inc. is authorized by IACET to offer 0.6 CEUs for this program. At the end of the program, participants must complete a self-assessment in order to receive credit. 100% attendance is required. (Provider #1004558)

Upon completion of this course, attendee will be able to: 1. State what injuries are covered under state workers' compensation laws. 2. Identify workers' compensation claim filing procedures and time limits. 3. Describe the legal responsibilities of physicians in workers' compensation cases. 4. Give an example of a key causal connection that makes or breaks a workers' compensation claim. 5. Identify a potential social media landmine in a workers' compensation claim. 6. Compare and contrast the advantages of lump sum vs. structured settlements. 7. Describe two essential workers' compensation hearing tactics. 8. State two ethical concerns attorneys face during workers' compensation claims.

Society for Human Resource Management

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N SHRM: 6.00
NBI, Inc. is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for the SHRM-CPSM or SHRM-SCPSM. This program is valid for 6.0 PDCs for the SHRM-CP or SHRM-SCP. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit www.shrmcertification.org.


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