Earn 6 Hours MCLE Credit! 6 hours of this program meets the specialization requirement of "mechanics of rating permanent disability requirement" for the certified workers' compensation specialty.
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Los Angeles Marriott Burbank Airport
2500 N. Hollywood Way
Burbank, CA 91505
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Update: Speakers will also be addressing issues related to the Fitzpatrick LC 4662 case that was issued as a published decision on Tuesday, September 25, 2018. This case will radically change the way both applicant and defense present cases where injured worker alleges they are 100% PTD.
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Apportionment guru and former judge, Raymond Correio, will present the latest tools for understanding this very complicated subject. By focusing on the mechanics of recent case law, he will analyze how the various key issues have been handled and explain developing trends, so parties can protect their client against potential traps and gotchas. A must see program for anyone litigating permanent disability and apportionment, in the current workers’ compensation arena.
8:30 a.m. - 10 10 a.m.
10 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
This best practices session focuses on how to effectively evaluate and prepare your case for trial while utilizing hidden treasures found in the Labor Code, Regulations and case law. Renowned Judges Jamie Spitzer and Eric Ledger will provide trial and posttrial practice tips, as well as an update as to recent case law developments. Whether you are trying to rebut the strict rating of the AMA Guides or establish that the strict rating, the evidence you collect will be critical to this issue. From taking depositions to requesting supplemental medical reports, these top litigation specialists will outline the best procedures to use to prove your client’s case.
10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Be the first to hear important legal updates from the Workers’ Compensation Appeals Board. Commissioner Razo will provide an entertaining and informative presentation on recent WCAB developments and what’s in store for the upcoming year.
11:20 a.m. - 11:50 a.m.
11:50 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
The fulcrum of any properly litigated impairment rating is to ensure the medical exhibits you present at trial constitute substantial medical evidence. Much of the time, the physician’s deposition is key to that process. Judge Robert Rassp will provide a step-by-step approach to taking the physician’s deposition to successfully meet your client’s burden of proof.
12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Complex regional pain syndrome can be a significantly disabling injury. However, many practitioners and doctors may struggle with correctly diagnosing and/or rating CRPS injuries. As seen in the recent Hikida decision, there are significant questions of apportionment and causation depending on how the CRPS develops, which has far reaching implications for all disability rating cases. In this panel, board certified anesthesiology and pain management physician, Dr. Lynn Cintron, joins expert litigator Glenn Olsen to dissect the do’s and don’ts of diagnosing, rating, and apportioning CRPS injuries.
1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
The afternoon session concludes with one of our favorite programs, the case law update focusing on issues related to utilizing the AMA Guides to rate disability Acclaimed defense attorney Richard Montarbo, will bring you a detailed analysis of the hottest cases that affect the way you practice. From published DCA opinions to recent panel decisions applying unique aspects of the AMA Guides, this presentation can’t be missed!
2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
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California Lawyers Association
180 Howard Street, Suite 410
San Francisco, CA 94105
In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to California Lawyers Association, or credit card information, must be received by October 12, 2018.
Workers' Compensation Section Members
Non-Section Members (includes enrollment in the Section for 2019)
Claims Specialists, Hearing Representatives and Paralegals
Cancellations and requests for refunds must be received in writing no later than October 12, 2018 and are subject to a $50 service charge. Refunds will not be available after October 12, 2018.
For registration information call 415-795-7025. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call 415-795-7199.
For special assistance, please call 415-795-7199.
Registrants will receive a USB storage device with an electronic version of all program materials the day of the conference. Before the conference, registrants will receive a link with information on how to review and download the program materials. It may be helpful to review a program's reference material before the class. This website is not available to the public, and access is given only to conference registrants. Late-breaking supplemental materials not available before the conference will be added at a later date.
California Lawyers Association and the Workers' Compensation Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.