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Workers’ Compensation Legal Specialization Boot Camp 2021

July 31, 2021 @ 9:00 am August 1, 2021 @ 12:15 pm

Welcome to the 2021 virtual Workers’ Compensation Legal Specialization Boot Camp. We are offering five sessions totaling 9 hours of MCLE and legal specialization in Workers’ Compensation Law. Get the bundle containing all five sessions for 20% off! Offer ends July 31 at 9:00 a.m.

July 31, 2021

Claims Evaluations | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

2 Hours MCLE; 2 Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation Law


As the country re-opens and potential clients return to their busy lives, attorneys need to quickly pivot and adapt the this changing landscape. This webinar will discuss ethical and effective strategies for building a strong online presence and best practices in social media and web-based marketing, including dealing with online review sites. We will also address the California Rules of Professional Conduct pertaining to attorney advertising, as well as considerations for attorneys who actively engage in social media regarding their personal views.

Practice & Procedure | 11:15 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (lunch break 12:15-1)

2 Hours MCLE; 2 Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation Law


Now that you’re warmed up, this session will take you through the procedure of a workers’ compensation claim starting with the legal duties of the employer upon receipt of a claim. Panelist Christel Schoenfelder, Alec Beyer and Judge Henderson will discuss jurisdiction and venue of workers’ compensation cases. They will cover the structure of a case from filing, to discovery, hearing, trial, and post-trial appeal. Then, they will review some ancillary issues with the workers’ compensation case, including liens, interpreter services, and insurance coverage issues. Finally, they will examine issues to consider when settling a workers’ compensation case, such as Medicare, Social Security, and third-party injury claims.

Medical Knowledge and Issues | 2:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

2 Hours MCLE; 2 Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation Law


Now that you have a solid foundation in the substance and procedure for the claim, we will build upon that foundation an understanding of medical treatment issues in workers’ compensation. We will start by covering the anatomy of a workers’ compensation claim… literally. The panel will review some of the frequently encountered body systems and diseases in workers’ compensation. Next, the panelists will tackle medical treatment issues in workers’ compensation. They will explain how medical treatment is authorized; how it is denied; and how to appeal the denial. Finally, they will cover the medical legal evaluation process along with the proper procedure for obtaining an independent evaluation through a qualified medical evaluator.

August 1, 2021

Disability Evaluation | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

2 Hours MCLE; 2 Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation Law


This program will provide an overview of the American Medical Association (AMA) Guides 5th Edition and how they are used to rate injuries in the workers’ compensation system. Judge Ledger will explain how to (and how not to) rate an injury. He will cover the requirements for a medical report to constitute substantial medical evidence. The program will also cover temporary disability, permanent disability, life pensions, and apportionment of disability. Lastly Judge Ledger will go over the technical and legal issues involved in rating permanent disability.

Professional Responsibility | 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

1 Hour MCLE; 1 Legal Specialization in Workers’ Compensation Law


At this point you will have a solid foundation for the substance of a claim and the procedure to follow as well as an in depth understanding of medical and disability issues. However, every good exam question (including the legal specialization exam) has to have an element of professional responsibility. Judge Kearse McGill will cover a multitude of professional responsibility issues unique to workers’ compensation including sanctions, penalties, attorney fees, contempt proceedings, fee agreements, and prohibited conduct.

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