Root Cause Analysis with Workers’ Compensation Claims

At the 2016 PARMA Conference, Jeff Rush from California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (JPIA) and DeAnn Wagner from York Risk Services Group discussed how identifying the root cause of the workers’ compensation claims leads to a better approach with loss control measures, increased accountability and improved enactment of safety protocols and policies. Generally, there are […]

Workers’ Compensation and Disability Accommodation

At the 2016 PARMA Conference, a panel discussed the interaction between workers’ compensation and disability accommodation. Many of the facts in this presentation apply to California law on these issues.  The panel was: Anthony Carlton from Chula Vista Elementary School District Marc Liebowitz from Laughlin, Falbo, Levy & Moresi LLC Robert Cutbirth from Tucker Ellis […]

Building a Safety Culture

At the 2016 PARMA Conference, Kathy Espinoza, board-certified ergonomist from Keenen, discussed how to build an effective safety culture focused on millennial employees. Millennials tend to be good at group work, team work, creativity and multi-tasking ability. They are very civic-minded and they were born and raised with technology. But they also have very bad […]

The Image of Workers’ Comp

At the 2015 Comp Laude Gala, a panel discussed The Image of Workers’ Compensation and What We Can Do About It.  The panel consisted of: Moderator: Dave DePaolo – Work Comp Central Christine Baker – Director, California Department of Industrial Relations Dan Walters – Political Columnist, The Sacramento Bee Steve Cattolica – Director Government Relations, […]

Perspectives From the Industry’s Favorite Bloggers

At the 24th Annual National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, some of the workers’ compensation industry’s most-prominent bloggers gathered to debate industry trends. The panel consisted of: Moderator: Mark Walls, Vice President Communications & Strategic Analysis, Safety National David DePaolo, J.D., Founder, President and CEO,; Author, DePaolo’s Work Comp World blog Joseph Paduda, Principal, […]

Medical Management Strategies for Improved Claims Results

At the 2015 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, Adam L. Seidner, M.D., Global Medical Director, Travelers Insurance Co. and Silvia Sacalis, PharmD, VP Clinical Services, Healthesystems presented how a comprehensive view of an injured worker’s medical history and treatment course ensures appropriate claims decisions, resulting in optimal care and functional restoration. Silvia started the […]

Workers’ Comp Future – Recruiting & Retaining the Next Generation of Claims Talent

At the 2015 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, a panel presented a session titled “Workers’ Comp Future – Recruiting and Retaining the Next Generation of Claims Talent.” The panel included: Jennifer Burkhart, National Workers’ Comp Claims Leader, Westfield Insurance Dan Holden, Manager of Corporate Risk & Insurance, Daimler Trucks North America Rick Thompson, VP […]

Optimizing Predictive Modeling

Data analytics and predictive modeling are quickly becoming workers’ compensation industry staples as more employers recognize that the technology can positively impact their operations by improving claims management, risk assessments and loss costs. This session at the 24th Annual National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference illustrated key elements to include in workers’ compensation predictive models. […]

Physical Function Pre-work Screens and Return-to-Work Programs

At the 2015 National Workers’ Compensation & Disability Conference, a panel presented a session titled “Physical Function Pre-Work Screens and Fitness-For-Duty Evaluations. The panel included: Darin Hampton, Regional Coordinator, International Paper Gia Schneider, Esq. Shareholder, Haworth, Bradshaw, Stallknecht & Barber Tony Silva, Director, Atlas Injury Prevention Solutions It’s important to remember to match the work […]

Bizzare Workers’ Comp Cases in 2015

At the 2015 National Workers’ Compensation and Disability Conference & Expo, Tom Robinson (co-author of Larson’s Workers’ Compensation Law) presented a session discussing some of the strange cases seen in the workers’ compensation industry this year. Demperio vs Onondaga County, 2015 NY App. Div LEXIS 2561 In New York you cannot file a stress claim […]


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