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Need CLE Credits? Consider Dan Siegel’s Upcoming Course on Dealing with Client Reviews

Dan Siegel teaches numerous continuing legal education courses, each with a practical “information you can use” approach.  Dan’s next course is Bad Review + Bad Response = Good Way to Have an Ethical Problem, on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 at 10:15 a.m.  The program is one of many CLE programs at the Bucks County Bar Association’s “August Marathon CLE Day” in Doylestown. The course will discuss”

    • Whether you choose to be online or not, your clients will write reviews. Unfortunately, angry clients are more likely to write about you than happy clients.  This program will: (1) Explore he practical issues surrounding getting good reviews ; (2) Offer ways to monitor your     reputation; and (3) Address the ethical implications about dealing with reviews.
    • Click here for more information and to register.

Debunking the Myths of Workers’ Compensation Fraud

In you read the newspapers and listen to the ads by the insurance companies, the biggest problem in workers’ compensation is fraud by employees. According to some the entire system is filled with employees who are too lazy to work and just want to glom off the system. These doomsayers are wrong. There is very little fraud in the workers’ compensation system and in fact many of the worst offenders are the employers and insurance companies who are crying “wolf.”

Workers’ compensation attorney Dan Siegel addresses the myth of the “F” word in his column in Pennsylvania Law Weekly, highlighting many facts that are often overlooked or purposely not discussed. For example, employers often miscategorize employees as “independent contractors” in order to avoid paying their insurance premiums. Or, insurance companies file petitions when they know there is no legitimate basis to do so. It is because of these “bad egg” employers that Pennsylvania was forced to pass the Construction Workplace Misclassification Act in 2011.

In reality, however, fraud is a very small part of the workers’ compensation system in Pennsylvania, and Dan’s column squarely addresses and debunks the myths. Click here to read the column.

Next Week – April 7th – CLE- Workers’ Compensation for Non-Workers’ Compensation Lawyers – With A Free Copy of Dan Siegel’s Book

REMINDER: On Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. I will present my program, “Workers’ Compensation for Non-Workers’ Compensation Lawyers” at the Delaware County Bar Association Headquarters in Media. All paid attendees will receive a complimentary copy of my book, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law: The Basics: A Primer for Lawyers, Workers, Medical Professionals & Others, a $49.95 value. The book is the only resource that also includes a complete copy of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and its regulations.

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act is lengthy, complex and confusing. In addition, lawyers who do not regularly handle workers’ compensation claims – including attorneys who represents clients in criminal, family, bankruptcy, Social Security and personal injury matters – need to know the basics in order to provide better legal assistance to their clients. In this program, I will help lawyers, as well as employers, medical providers, insurance carriers and others, to understand the basics of Pennsylvania law.

REGISTRATION & LUNCH: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SEMINAR TIME: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
COST: $35.00 for DCBA Members; $45.00 for Non-Members; WORTH: 1.0 Substantive CLE Credit Hour

Click here to register for the program.

Another victory in the battle over workers’ compensation impairment ratings

Since 2012, our firm has been leading the challenge to the unconstitutionality of the current impairment rating evaluation (IRE) process in Pennsylvania. We have filed numerous briefs explaining in detail why the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Bureau of Labor & Industry’s adoption the guidelines used in the 5th and 6th editions of the AMA Guides violated the Pennsylvania Constitution. In every case in which we addressed the issue – whether it was for one of our firm’s injured workers/clients or on behalf of another law firm that hired us to assist them in their challenges — resolved or resulted in a ruling in favor of the client. That is, the IRE was invalidated or the employer resolved the matter.

Today, I learned that a law firm that hired us to prepare a brief challenging the use of the 5th edition of the AMA Guides was successful. In this case, an IRE was completed in 2006 and a carrier modified claimant’s status, limiting her to 500 weeks of benefits. In 2015, the claimant filed a Petition to set aside the modification, and the Workers’ Compensation Judge agreed, holding that the use of the 5th Edition was invalid. Thus, claimant will continue to receive her wage loss benefits indefinitely.

This is just one example of how we assist our clients – and other law firms – win the tough case. We frequently draft pleadings, motions, briefs, memoranda and appeals for other attorneys on an “as-needed” basis, providing “pinch-hitting” when issues are complex, creative insight is called for, and/or tight deadlines are approaching. We have worked with dozens of law firms, handling a wide variety of legal issues. And of course, we provide the same focus for our injured clients.

CLE- Workers’ Compensation for Non-Workers’ Compensation Lawyers – With A Free Copy of Dan Siegel’s Book

On Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. I will present my program, “Workers’ Compensation for Non-Workers’ Compensation Lawyers” at the Delaware County Bar Association Headquarters in Media. All paid attendees will receive a complimentary copy of my book, Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Law: The Basics: A Primer for Lawyers, Workers, Medical Professionals & Others, a $49.95 value. The book is the only resource that also includes a complete copy of the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act and its regulations.

The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act is lengthy, complex and confusing. In addition, lawyers who do not regularly handle workers’ compensation claims – including attorneys who represents clients in criminal, family, bankruptcy, Social Security and personal injury matters – need to know the basics in order to provide better legal assistance to their clients. In this program, I will help lawyers, as well as employers, medical providers, insurance carriers and others, to understand the basics of Pennsylvania law.

REGISTRATION & LUNCH: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.
SEMINAR TIME: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
COST: $35.00 for DCBA Members; $45.00 for Non-Members; WORTH: 1.0 Substantive CLE Credit Hour

Click here to register for the program.

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