Offsets and Overlaps in Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability Claims
Aug 22, 2014 |
When an employee has a debilitating accident at work, there are insurance and government benefits available to the employee and his or her family. Among the many benefits included are workers' compensation, Social Security Disability Insurance, Supplemental Security Income, and Medicare coverage. Despite the different sources and governing bodies, many of these federal, state, and municipal programs are interrelated with offsets and qualifying terms. Since the benefits and qualifications can differ from case-to-case and state-to-state, it can be difficult to figure out the bottom line without a lawyer. In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, Alan Pierce interviews William Troupe, an expert ...
The Federal Laws that Affect Workers Compensation Claims
Jun 16, 2014 |
When a workers' compensation claim is made, there are many elements of federal law that get triggered. Among those elements are the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Family and Medical Leave Act, and Americans with Disabilities Act. As an employer, navigating these intersecting laws can be a challenging task while running a business. On this episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce interviews Melissa Fleischer from the HR Learning Center LLC. Together they discuss multiple federal components affecting workers' compensation claim rights and duties. In addition they talk about when workers can be terminated, healthcare commitments under COBRA, and unpaid leave. Tune in to learn more about dif...
Employer Fraud and Recommendations from New York State Supreme Court’s Grand Jury Report
May 19, 2014 |
A recent Grand Jury Report from the New York State Supreme Court brought recommendations of change to handle Employer Fraud in Workers' Compensation. Among the recommended areas of change are the application process, criminal statutes, and the method of collecting data. On this episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce interviews Gilda Mariani of the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. Together they discuss the results of the Grand Jury Report and the subsequent victims of premium fraud. Tune in to learn more about employee classifications, the involuntary insurance market, and drivers of cost for workers' compensation insurance. Gilda Mariani is with the New York County District A...
Medical Marijuana at Work: The Side Effects for Workers’ Compensation
Feb 27, 2014 |
With recreational and medical use of marijuana now approved in some states, concerns of workplace use are being raised. The impacts of this trend range from employee right to treatment and increased employer liability to OSHA regulations and ADA holdings. On this episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce discusses these issues along with medical studies, toxicology reports, and the intoxication defense with experts Jim Andrews and Albert Randall. Jim Andrews has served as an executive in the pharmacy industry for the past 30 years. Currently, he is the Executive Vice President of Pharmacy Services for Healthcare Solutions and a frequent presenter on industry topics. He is also a reno...
WILG, MBA, and Attorney Generals: Meet the Lawyers Keeping the Workplace Safe
Feb 7, 2014 |
Are you concerned about workplace safety? Learn how lawyers from the Workers' Injury Law and Advocacy Group, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Office of the Louisiana Attorney General can help. In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce interviews Douglas Sheff, Chuck Davoli, and Will Green to reveal how attorneys are making a big impact in workplace safety. Douglas Sheff is the current President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and the Senior Partner at Sheff Law. He has over 30 years experience in all aspects of personal injury law and is currently serving as the Chairman for both the Massachusetts Bar Association's Workplace Safety Task Force and the Massachusetts Acad...
Medical Treatment Guidelines for Injured Workers
Nov 21, 2013 |
Medical Treatment Guidelines are a list of procedures each state mandates to use when treating injured workers. The goal is for these guidelines to aid faster and better treatment for patients. The underlying issue is that they are crafted to cater to the general population based on trials and clinical tests, which allows for errors and variable factors. In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters your host, Attorney Alan S. Pierce, invites Michael Gruber to discuss Medical Treatment Guidelines, how strict and effective the guidelines tend to be, and the risks of cost-shifting medical fees. Michael Gruber recently finished Medical Treatment Guidelines: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. He is a p...
Handling and Preventing Shoulder Injuries
Jul 26, 2013 |
“There has been a dramatic rise in shoulder injuries in the last five to ten years,” Doctor Michael Ackland says, maybe we’ve just gotten better at diagnosing them. On this episode of Workers’ Comp matters, your host, Attorney Alan Pierce, will chat with Dr. Ackland, an examining physician who has worked with a fair amount of attorneys and insurers on shoulder injuries. Dr. Ackland is an orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. He focuses in arthroscopic reconstruction of the shoulder and the knee. What he considers to be the most gratifying cases are revision surgeries after a patient has had a failed shoulder surgery. Tune in to hear the basics of shoulder injuries, why they happ...
Workers’ Compensation for Harbor Workers and Longshoremen
May 15, 2013 |
Before The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, policy covered those working on land and those working within navigable waters, and neglected worker’s on the harbor. This left harbor workers with nowhere to turn but litigation when they were injured on the job. On this edition of Worker’s Comp Matters your host Attorney Alan Pierce has invited Steven M. Birnbaum to discuss The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, The Defense Base Act, and coverage for workers’ on the harbor. Steven M. Birnbaum, Esq. started his private practice in 1983 specializing in workers’ compensation under The Longshore and Harbor Worker’s Compensation Act and the California Labor Code. He is a ce...
Chat with Two National Leaders of the Workers' Comp Bar
May 2, 2013 |
On the May edition of Workers’ Comp Matters Host and Attorney Alan Pierce talks with two highly-respected guests in the field of workers’ compensation attorneys. The first half of the show he will speak with President of the Workers’ Injury Law and Advocacy Group (WILG) Cathy Stanton regarding proposed Federal legislation reforming the law regarding the Medicare Set-aside requirements as well as the recently enacted SMART Act. Cathy Stanton is an attorney with experience in dealing with all types of workers’ compensation claims, including those related to occupational diseases. In addition to being the president of WILG, she is also a member of the New York State Trial Lawyers Association an...
Improving the Quality of Care for Injured Workers
Dec 9, 2011 |
In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, welcomes Michael J. Shor MPH, Managing Director of Best Doctors Occupational Health Institute. Michael talks about his view of workers’ compensation, how to make sure that injured workers are getting the best medical care possible and how he works with both insurers and injured workers through their attorneys to achieve best the quality of care.
The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary
Jun 17, 2011 |
The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary (NAWCJ) was founded in 2009 to provide educational opportunities for the workers’ compensation judiciary throughout the United States. On this Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce is joined by Judge John J. Lazzara and Judge Ellen Lorenzen, at the Workers’ Compensation Centennial in Boston, Massachusetts, to spotlight The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary. Judge Lazzarra talks about the mission of the NAWCJ, education and the monthly newsletter and Judge Lorenzen discusses membership, common battles in the workers’ compensation field and the agenda of the Judiciary College.
Celebrating 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation
May 18, 2011 |
Workers’ Compensation was the first social reform in America dating back to 1911. On this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, joins Andrew J. Reinhardt from the firm Reinhardt & Harper, PLC, at the Workers’ Compensation Centennial in Boston, Massachusetts, to discuss the latest in workers’ compensation and celebrate 100 years. Andy talks about his work with Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group (WILG), legislative matters and upcoming congressional hearings in Washington DC pertaining to workers’ compensation.
Privacy, Clients and Social Media
Apr 14, 2011 |
Social networking has become a popular topic within the workers’ comp community. In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, welcomes Attorney Jon L. Gelman, to take a look a social networking in the workers’ comp world. Alan and Jon discuss privacy and their clients, client responsibility when it comes to putting up information on social media sites and how social networking can be used as a portal to monitor clients.
Raytheon’s Integrated Disability Program
Mar 15, 2011 |
Returning to work after a disabling worker’s compensation injury involves many steps. In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, welcomes Edmund C. Corcoran Jr., Director of Integrated Disability Programs for Raytheon Company and Daniel J. Knight, the Senior Manager of Workers’ Compensation for Raytheon Company, to take a look at the program, the interrelationship between workers’ comp and disability, returning to work, cost containment and safety initiatives.
Fraud & Symptom Magnification in Workers Compensation
Nov 1, 2010 |
There is a phenomenon that we all see in workers’ comp cases, whether representing the claimant or the insurer. An insurer or its medical expert might call it symptom magnification. In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, welcomes Attorney Douglas Jones, founder and Member-in-Charge of the law firm, Jones Dietz, PLLC, to look at the process, discuss related topics such as malingering as opposed to a more legitimate form of pain disorder and touch on the broader subject of fraud, which many people equate to symptom magnification.
The History of Workers’ Compensation & the Workers’ Compensation Centennial 2011
Jul 28, 2010 |
The first constitutional workers’ compensation law in the United States was enacted back in 1911, and in recognition of this milestone of law, Massachusetts will host a centennial commemoration in April of 2011. In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, welcomes the Honorable Richard S. Tirrell with the Department of Industrial Accidents and Attorney Joseph F. Agnelli, Jr., partner at Keches Law Group, P.C, to discuss the early origins of workers’ compensation and look ahead to the Workers’ Compensation Centennial 2011.
The Intoxication Defense
May 5, 2010 |
In this special edition of Workers' Comp Matters from an ABA TIPS 2010 Conference on National Trends and Emerging Issues in Workers' Compensation, host and Attorney Alan S. Pierce spotlights the intoxication defense in defending a workers' compensation claim. Alan welcomes Attorney Gregory T. Presmanes from Bovis, Kyle & Burch, LLC to discuss how to best investigate these cases, how to educate clients, medical privacy issues and the intoxication defense in other jurisdictions.
Workers' Compensation Surveillance
Apr 8, 2010 |
In this special edition of Workers' Comp Matters from an ABA TIPS 2010 Conference on National Trends and Emerging Issues in Workers' Compensation, host and Attorney Alan S. Pierce welcomes Jodi Harris from Blue Eagle Investigations, to discuss the pros and cons of workers compensation surveillance. Jodi will give an inside look at surveillance, combating the fraud that exists in the workers' comp system, ethical and privacy issues and the different types of investigations and surveillance when dealing with an illegitimate claim.