Audio CD + Course Book

Workers' Compensation Fundamentals

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

February, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • NC CLE - 6.00
From Event: Workers' Compensation Fundamentals, held February 2018.

Program Description

Working through a workers' compensation claim can be a long and tedious process that involves many outside parties and steps. Are you able to confidently represent your clients? Do you know what strategies to employ in order to prevent any costly mistakes and attain the best possible results? Don't rely on your cursory knowledge of procedures and risks to get you through the case. Explore the comprehensive nature of a workers' compensation claim and know the process from start to finish. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Case Law and Legislative Update
  2. Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (WCMSA)
  3. Assessing the Injury and Case
  4. Settlement Methods and Mediation Practices
  5. Preparing for and Presenting at the Hearing
  6. Appeals Procedures
  7. Ethics and Professionalism

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 NC - Credit Approval Expiration 12/31/2019 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Case Law and Legislative Update
    9:00 - 9:30, Matthew B. Covington
  2. Workers' Compensation Medicare Set-Aside Arrangements (WCMSA)
    9:30 - 10:15, Matthew B. Covington
    1. Compromise vs. Communication
    2. Low Dollar Threshold
    3. Calculating the Total Settlement Amount
    4. Submitting MSA's to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)
  3. Assessing the Injury and Case
    10:30 - 11:15, TBD
  4. Settlement Methods and Mediation Practices
    11:15 - 12:15, TBD
    1. When to Settle vs. Pursue a Claim
    2. Agreement for Settlement
    3. Compromise Settlement
    4. Contingent Settlement
    5. Combination Settlement
    6. Lump Sum Payments
    7. Full or Partial Commutation
    8. Negotiation Tips
    9. Pitfalls to Avoid
  5. Preparing for and Presenting at the Hearing
    1:15 - 2:30, Edward L. Pauley
    1. Where and How to Locate Experts
      1. Doctors
      2. Rehabilitation Experts
    2. Preparing Your Experts
    3. Discovery Techniques
      1. Depositions
      2. Interrogatories
      3. Medical Examinations
      4. Surveillance
    4. Evidence Admissibility and Submission
    5. Questions to Ask Witness
    6. Cross-Examining Experts
    7. Proving the Causal Relationship
    8. Agreed Proposed Decisions and Orders
    9. What Key Decision-Makers Look For
    10. Keys to Building and Winning Your Case
  6. Appeals Procedures
    2:30 - 3:15, Edward L. Pauley
    1. When an Appeal Makes Sense
    2. Administrative
    3. Judicial Proceedings
  7. Ethics and Professionalism
    3:30 - 4:30, Cathy A. Williams
    1. Scope of Discovery
    2. Communication with Injured Party and Medical Providers
    3. Conflicts Between the Insurer and the Insured
    4. Disclosure Obligations
    5. Attorneys Fees

MATTHEW B. COVINGTON is an attorney with Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, where he began practicing in the workers’ compensation defense practice group. His affiliations include the North Carolina Bar Association, Mecklenburg County Bar Association, North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, and Defense Research Institute. Mr. Covington has defended complex workers’ compensation claims and appeared in evidentiary and appellate hearings before the North Carolina Industrial Commission. His notable litigated issues include successful defending against psychological trauma, occupational diseases, repetitive motion cervical conditions, Lyme Disease, N.C.G.S. 97-2(18) disputed hernias, and injury by accident claims. Mr. Covington earned his B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his J.D. degree from the Elon University School of Law where he was a member of the Elon School of Law Moot Court Team, a research assistant and web developer for the Center for Engaged Learning in the Law, and technology director and website designer for the Elon Law Student Bar Association. He currently maintains and publishes articles and case updates on his blog Employer/Employee: A North Carolina Workers/Compensation Blog.

EDWARD L. PAULEY is an attorney in the law firm of Wallace & Graham PA, where his practice includes workers' compensation, civil litigation, OSHA, and personal injury matters. Mr. Pauley has previously lectured to various professionals on issues related to workers' compensation. He is licensed to practice in Kentucky, North Carolina and West Virginia; and before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia, the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Pauley earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from West Virginia University. He is a member of the Kentucky, The West Virginia, and the American bar associations; as well as the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Association for Justice, and the American Association for Justice.

CATHY A. WILLIAMS is an attorney with Levine Law Group, PA, where she focuses her practice in the areas of personal injury, complex litigation, workers' compensation and appeals. She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar Association, the Florida State Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. Ms. Williams is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Middle and Western Districts of North Carolina. She earned her B.A. degree from Clark University and her J.D. degree from Nova Southeastern University, Shepard Broad School of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

NC CLE: 6.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Ethics: 1.00, Workers Compensation Minutes: 6.00
NBI, Inc. is an accredited sponsor with the North Carolina State Board of Continuing Legal Education. Attendance of this program may qualify for up to 6.0 hours of online CLE credit, including 1.0 ethics. No more than 6.0 hours of online CLE credit may be earned during a reporting period. This program qualifies for Workers' Compensation Law specialization certification credit.

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