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Workers’ Comp Summit: Sept 22-23, 2021 – Samoset Resort, Rockport, ME


Choice of Two Workshops

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm

Workshop 1: Ten Things…
Everyone New to Workers’ Comp Should Know!

What’s it all about? New to Workers’ Comp? Or perhaps you just want a refresher? Here are ten things you must know to serve your clients and employer well. In each category, faculty will highlight the principal issue, why it is important to your knowledge basis, and a golden nugget takeaway to smooth the path in your day-to-day work! Faculty includes legal counsel from a defense-oriented firm, an employee-oriented firm, and MEMIC – Tom QuartararoBen DeTroy, and Dana Herzer 

And here is your Top Ten! 

  1. No fault nature of the system. 
  2. Arising out of and in the course of employment. 
  3. Physical vs. Mental injury. 
  4. Benefits. 
  5. First Reports & NOCs. 
  6. Investigations. 
  7. Mediation. 
  8. Return to Work/ job search. 
  9. Conversations among injured workers, adjusters, HR, attorneys, and the medical community. 
  10. Settlements and Hearings. 

Bonus Round: The connection among WC, ADA, FMLA 

Applying for recertification credit: Maine attorneys CLE, SHRM, and HRCI.  

Workshop 2: Mental and Physical Well-Being 
Long-Haul Covid and Workers’ Comp

What’s it all about? Coming to terms with the mental and physical implications of Covid and its relationship to workers’ compensation is likely to be an evolution rather than a cathartic moment. We’ll start by looking at how insurers have shifted their thinking over the past year and a half by looking at the data. Then we’ll turn to two respected medical authorities in Maine to address the physical and mental health issues that Covid portends. What is the long haul – weeks, months, years, a lifetime? Are there patterns, or is this mostly unpredictable? How much skepticism is there to long-haul issues and what is the danger of marginalizing this population?

Why you’ll want to participate in this session.

  • Begin to piece together the Covid data from Maine and elsewhere.
  • Study the physical and mental health impact of the virus and what we know and don’t know about the long-haul. Then discuss the impact on employee well-being.
  • Discuss how we might assess claims by injured workers who report post-Covid ailments including trouble thinking and remembering, severe fatigue, chronic headaches, and pervasive bodily aches and pains.

Faculty: Paul Sighinolfi, Kenji Saito, MD, Jeffrey Barkin, MD, and Matt Harmon.

Applying for recertification credit: Maine attorneys CLE, SHRM, and HRCI.

Program Faculty: Kenji Saito, MD, Matt Harmon