Webinars & Videos


 

Upcoming Webinars

 

 

TRIAL TIME (Part II) by Donald Barthel
January 23, 2018 

Whose burden is it anyway? What will be “presumed”? How does testimony work? What kinds of evidence—medical, etc.—do you need? Is your evidence substantial enough? These and other essential “trial time” topics will be explored by Don Barthel, who will share insights he has gained by appearing at every WCAB district office in California.

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Continuing Education (CE) Videos

 

Need Continuing Education (CE) credits? Please follow the instructions below:

1.

Review one or more of B&B’s videos (Video must be viewed in its entirety. Viewing the PowerPoint only or watching the video with no audio will not earn you a certificate.),

2.

Complete: Training Certificate Request. Please allow up to 5 business days for receipt of your certificate.

Questions about Continuing Education Videos? Contact Tammey Welty at certificates@bradfordbarthel.com or (916) 569-0790.

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TRIAL TIME by Donald Barthel
November 15, 2017 

Whose burden is it anyway? What will be “presumed”? How does testimony work? What kinds of evidence—medical, etc.—do you need? Is your evidence substantial enough? These and other essential “trial time” topics will be explored by Don Barthel, who will share insights he has gained by appearing at every WCAB district office in California.

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They Look Like an Employee…They Act Like an Employee…But Are They Really? by Donald Barthel
October 17, 2017 

Injury? Yes

Injured “employee”?

Hmmmmm…

 

Workers’ compensation provides benefits for “employees”. The labor code broadly defines the term. But who—exactly—are employees and who aren’t? This determination is an essential first step in handling a claim. Do you know how to ascertain whether you’re truly dealing with an employee? Learn the ins and outs of this important definition.

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Continuous Traumas by Donald Barthel
September 20, 2017 

Continuous Traumas can be a tremendous defense weapon, both in terms of pushing liability to co-defendants and diminishing overall liability via apportionment. Explore these defense tactics as we examine the CT, Western Growers, Petitions for Contribution and everything else you’ve always wanted to know, but were afraid to ask, about “Continuous Traumas – A Defendant’s Best Friend”. Presented by Don Barthel.

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Med-Legal Obligations and Emerging Litigation by Patrick C. Gorman
August 15, 2017 

In an attempt to reduce the impact of liens on the Workers’ Compensation system, SB 863 created a process for review of provider invoices. In doing so the Labor Code was amended to delineate and define services provided for the purposes of treatment, and services provided for medical legal. This webinar addresses what constitutes a medical legal service, obligations by a claims professional upon receipt of an invoice from a medical legal provider, provisions within the labor code that impose penalties for a failure to meet timeliness when reviewing these invoices, and emerging areas of litigation.

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Case Law Update by Michael Peabody
July 19, 2017 

Attorney Michael Peabody will review the latest workers’ compensation court decisions and discuss how they may affect the way claims are handled.

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Psyche (Part II) by Donald Barthel
June 22, 2017 

What you need to know to mitigate the most suspicious and abused claims in the industry.

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Psyche (Part I) by Donald Barthel
May 23, 2017 

What you need to know to mitigate the most suspicious and abused claims in the industry.

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Commutations by Tim Mussack
April 26, 2017 

Don’t I get credit for that?

This session will explore how to use the Commutations Templates and Tables from the DEU, and what those worksheets tell us about the impact those lump sum payments have on our claims.

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COLA and Benefit Calculations by Tim Mussack
March 22, 2017 

This session will discuss COLA, how and when it applies to awards of 70% or more (Life Pension, Permanent Total), Temporary Disability Rates, and could impact Death Benefits. We will review examples.

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AMA Guides Red Flags and Tricks of the Trade by Donald Barthel
February 7, 2017 

Donald Barthel, co-founder of Bradford & Barthel, LLP and founder of B&B’s AMA Analysis & Rating Department, is an acknowledged expert regarding the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, impairment, permanent disability, apportionment, and related issues. A prolific and popular public speaker, he has taught adjusters, human resource directors, employer representatives, attorneys and physicians throughout the United States. Because of his expertise, Mr. Barthel is a Reviewer of the AMA Guides, 6th Edition, on behalf of the American Medical Association. He has authored and co-authored innumerable articles focusing on workers’ compensation related matters. Mr. Barthel will bring his considerable expertise to this seminar so as make sure you can defend against the “tricks of the trade” that workers’ compensation doctors use against you on a daily basis!

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Legislative Roundup by Alec Bradford and John Kamin
January 18, 2017 

Anti Fraud and UR measures effective 09/30/2016

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Negotiating the VERY BEST W/C SETTLEMENT (Part II) – by Donald Barthel
November 3, 2016 

Should you settle early? Should you drag your feet? Should you leave no stone unturned? Should you forego discovery? Answer is…yes…no…maybe!?!? What settlement posture is best for your particular fact pattern? Learn this and more from an attorney with a total of a quarter century’s experience negotiating settlements at every WCAB district office in California: Donald R. Barthel.

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Negotiating the VERY BEST W/C SETTLEMENT (Part I) – by Donald Barthel
October 11, 2016 

Should you settle early? Should you drag your feet? Should you leave no stone unturned? Should you forego discovery? Answer is…yes…no…maybe!?!? What settlement posture is best for your particular fact pattern? Learn this and more from an attorney with a total of a quarter century’s experience negotiating settlements at every WCAB district office in California: Donald R. Barthel.

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FEHA – by Donald Barthel
September 8, 2016 

Fair Employment & Housing Act (FEHA) & Americans with Disabilities Act

Relevant to workers’ compensation claims?

You bet!

What you don’t know CAN cost you!

Learn about these state and federal laws and what you can do to avoid huge (and expensive) headaches.

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Temporary Disability: Know What You Owe! – by Donald Barthel and Gregory Fletcher
August 16, 2016 

A Court of Appeal Justice once opined that calculating TD is “a fairly simple calculation.” That justice had NEVER worked a claims desk! TD rates, start and stop times, MMI determinations, Petitions to Terminate, cap and mathematical equations often converge to turn TD into more of an art than a science. Are you an artist at the TD canvas…or do you take a paint-by-numbers approach? Learn the math, case law and “art” of temporary disability from the “masters”: Bradford & Barthel, LLP’s Donald R. Barthel and Gregory Fletcher.

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AMA Guides – Fifth Edition – Chapter 17 – The Lower Extremities – by Timothy Mussack and Marlene Phillips
June 15, 2016 

During this session, Timothy Mussack & Marlene Phillips from B&B’s AMA Analysis & Rating Department will be discussing:

So many methods; so few can be combined.
Review evaluation of range of motion, arthritis, Diagnosis-Based Estimates, and more.

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AMA Guides – Fifth Edition – Chapter 16 – The Upper Extremities – by Timothy Mussack and Marlene Phillips
May 18, 2016 

During this session, Timothy Mussack & Marlene Phillips from B&B’s AMA Analysis & Rating Department will be discussing:

Focus on evaluating Range of Motion Impairment, and Peripheral Nerve injury (carpal tunnel and others).

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AMA Guides – Fifth Edition – Chapter 15 – The Spine – by Timothy Mussack and Marlene Phillips
April 20, 2016 

During this session, Timothy Mussack & Marlene Phillips from B&B’s AMA Analysis & Rating Department will be discussing:

  • Overview/ Review
  • Diagnosis-Related Estimates Method
  • Range-of-Motion Method

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PD Rating Issues – by Timothy Mussack
March 16, 2016 

In this session, we will discuss specific elements of PD Rating:

  • LC 4660.1 and the relevance of 1/1/13 as a date of injury
  • How do I Rate Pain?
  • Combine or Add and the CVC
  • Rating Hearing Loss
  • Rating Psyche Injury

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Rating Permanent Disability the CORRECT Way! – by Marlene Phillips
February 10, 2016 

The February Webinar dealing with the 2005 Permanent Disability Rating Schedule (PDRS) will focus on the various application dates for the various Schedules, explain the differences between impairment and disability, clarify the correct use of the pain add-on and address mental and behavioral disorders. Then the fun begins! You will learn how to correctly adjust the assigned WPI into a final permanent disability rating (pre and post SB 863 changes)! What do you do when you have multiple rating strings? We will explain that, too.

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Affirmative Defenses, presented by Donald Barthel and Amir Adil
Friday, January 15, 2016

Are you aware of all Affirmative defenses available to your case? Do you know when to file an Answer and what bad things can happen if you don’t? Make sure you are not missing any defenses and strategies by tuning into this Webinar with Donald R. Barthel and Amir F. Adil. Make sure to get all of your questions answered!

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Death Benefits Evaluation & Calculations (What you don’t know can kill…your reserves) – presented by Tim Mussack
January 13, 2016 

Deathly scared of death benefit calculations? B&B Senior Rating Specialist, Tim Mussack, will take you step-by-step through the ins and outs of determining what benefits are owed, calculating and commuting attorney fees, and ascertaining when COLA applies.

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ADR ADVANTAGE – presented by Michael Peabody & Jeannine Lewis
December 3, 2015 

Are you using the ADR ADVANTAGE? Alternative dispute resolution, a “carve out” of the statutory workers’ comp system, delivers w/c benefits to unionized employees in streamlined fashion. By replacing the WCAB’s normal statutory system with Ombudspersons, Mediators and Arbitrators, ADR is less adversarial and allows claims to move through the system more expeditiously and economically: a “win win” for everyone! How can you benefit from the ADR ADVANTAGE? Attend B&B’s upcoming webinar with Michael Peabody and Jeannine Lewis and learn how you can secure the winning edge!

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UR/IMR, presented by Donald Barthel
Friday, November 13, 2015

What’s the latest and greatest with UR/IMR? How does CAAA plan to undercut treatment review? What can you do about it? What does the latest case law say? Don Barthel will explore all of this and more in what promises to be an informative and entertaining Webinar!

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The Depo Game: Winning is the Only Thing! presented by Donald Barthel
November 10, 2015 

Preparing for a doctor deposition? Why? What are your goals? Your options? How do you develop your “plan” of attack? OR Your deposition has been scheduled? What do you do? What you do (and don’t do) is vitally important! Learn the ins and outs of depositions with B&B Founding Partner, Donald Barthel. Having taken literally hundreds of depositions, Mr. Barthel’s insights are particularly helpful in this increasingly world!

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Practical Tips for Drafting Settlements presented by Greg Fletcher
October 29, 2015 

Join Greg Fletcher as he provides essential insights on how to artfully draft Compromise and Releases and Stipulations. Mr. Fletcher’s presentation will explore what to do AND—perhaps more importantly—what NOT to do when drafting settlements.

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Preparing for Trial presented presented by Amy Marron
September 22, 2015 

A great Webinar for newer examiners and a wonderful refresher for old pros, this Webinar visits the steps needed at the claims desk (including everything from receiving the file up through the time of the MSC) so as to assist their DA to be successful at trial. We will discuss all of the documentation, investigation, statements and info needed from claims and why. We will show what a Pre Trial Statement Conference form is, how we fill it out and how it ties into the info requested from claims. This Webinar seeks to put a case into perspective for the examiner to understand why info is requested, thus assisting to create a “team effort” that helps lead to a winning file.

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How Social Security and Medicare Intertwine with Workers’ Compensation? What do you need to know? presented by Sherri Dozier
August 12, 2015 

Aged claims frequently relate to Medicare Set Asides, escalating case values and making them hard to settle. In a similar vein, many people do not consider (and are likely not aware) that Social Security also often plays a significant role in Workers’ Compensation. Join Sherri Dozier, B&B’s Director of Client Development & Relations, as she offers vitally important information regarding Social Security and its overlap with Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Disability. Her insights regarding Medicare Set Asides and the controversy over whether to submit to CMS are invaluable.

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Legislative, Regulatory, and Case Law Update presented by John Kamin
July 28, 2015 

This Webinar will bring you the latest on legislative and regulatory developments at the Capitol that will impact your claims, just as California lawmakers head into the summer recess. We’ll summarize the latest workers’ compensation legislation, and squeeze in recent regulatory changes such as the copy service fee schedule and the proposed interpreters’ fee schedule. We’ll spend the remaining time summarizing the most recent changes in case law.

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Issues & Strategies in Large Loss Cases presented by Greg Fletcher
June 16, 2015 

We’ve all had them: cases with severe injuries or matters that seem to be spiraling out of control. How do you put the brakes on a catastrophic case? More importantly, what strategies can you use to keep cases from becoming large loss in the first place. Join Greg Fletcher, founder of Bradford & Barthel, LLP’s “Large Loss Division” for tips on achieving superior outcomes in cases involving high exposure, catastrophic injuries, complex matters, and novel issues.

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Post-Termination Defense – Use It or Lose It presented by Michael Peabody
May 13, 2015 

One of the most effective defense weapons is the Post-Termination defense [Labor Code section 3600(a)(10)]. Generally speaking, when a claim is not filed until after the employment’s termination, the claim is defensible. Simple enough, right? Not so fast! This defense (a) has many exceptions, (b) must be used promptly, and (c) requires sophisticated discovery efforts to ensure that it sticks. Join defense attorney Michael D. Peabody as he details everything you need to know to make the most of this defense tool.

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To Writ or to Recon…THAT is the Question presented by Louis Larres
April 14, 2015 

So trial didn’t quite turn out the way you expected? Have you received a final order? An interim order? What exactly is this document with the bad news? Knowing the difference is an essential key to success on appeal. In his appellate procedure Webinar, Louis Larres, Founder and Director of Bradford & Barthel’s Appellate Division, will provide an in-depth description of the appeal process and what you can do to increase your chances of success with Writs and Recons.

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Apportionment presented by Donald Barthel
March 12, 2015 

Apportionment has gone through some crazy changes over the years. Not long ago (pre-SB 899), apportionment was almost impossible to achieve. Post-SB 899, the number of ways for defendants to get permanent disability apportionment is largely limited to our imaginations.

What are the exact mechanics of apportionment? How can you help ensure that your efforts will succeed? Do you know the pros and cons of Labor Codes 4663 and 4664?

Donald R. Barthel, a Founding Partner of the statewide firm, Bradford & Barthel, LLP will share his insights, wisdom and wit on apportionment (a tactic that can literally save you millions of dollars!)

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Predator or Prey: The Employer in Workers’ Compensation Subrogation presented by Kermit Sprang
July 28, 2014

California subrogation law can be a rude surprise for those not familiar with its procedures. It’s the law of the jungle – you eat what you kill. An employer who does not actively investigate and participate in its employee’s third-party action can expect to find itself on the outside looking in when a settlement or judgment is obtained. This seminar will show you how to identify claims with subrogation potential, protect your interests, and maximize your lien recovery and credit rights in subrogation.

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These Webinars are for informational purposes only. It shall not be construed as legal advice. Attendance at and participation in this training is a first step for adjusters to obtain continuing education credits. Continuing credits are not available to brokers and/or independent adjusters. Broker/independent continuing education is licensed by the Department of Insurance. DOI requires that brokers/independents utilize an “approved provider”. Further information is available at http://www.insurance.ca.gov/0200-industry/0100-education-provider/wc_training.cfm.