Understand what paralegals should do during each of the four elements of a workers' compensation case.The topic will provide a general overview of workers' compensation procedural and representative process of workers' compensation law to allow you to become a better paralegal and valuable asset to workers' compensation attorneys and firms. Workers' compensation matters typically involve four main elements including employeremployee relationships compensability questions affirmative defenses and what benefits are owed to an injured worker. This topic will discuss these four basic elements of a workers' compensation claim and the paralegal's role in each of these fact finding determinations to help paralegals become proficient in the practice of workers' compensation law and allow them to reference some of the most recent trends in the workers' compensation practice.
Overview of Workers' Compensation Law
• Accepting Cases
• Determining Compensable Claim
– Arising out of Employment
– In the Course of Employment
• Reviewing and Summarizing the Medical Records
• Investigating the Claims and Utilizing Discovery Methods
• Preparing an Attorney for Depositions, Mediations, and Hearing
• Settlements and Medicare Set-Aside Considerations
Valerie A. Foote with Smith, Mills & Schrock Law
NALA ,Additional credit may be available upon request.