WORKERS’ COMPENSATION SEMINAR AGENDA
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
Master Chef's Welcoming Remarks
Albert Betts, Jr., Executive Director, Insurance Council of Texas
09:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Fire Up the Grill - What Opt-In Means Here vs. Other States
Bob Wilson, President & CEO of WorkersCompensation.com
Bob Wilson will provide an overview of how different states have attempted to enact ‘opt out” systems for employers and what makes the Texas non-mandatory system, which is not “opt-out”, work so well.
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Networking Break
10:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Stressed Out: Changing Approaches to PTSD Panel Discussion
Moderator: Bobby Stokes, Shareholder, Flahive Ogden & Latson
Bobby Stokes will lead an expert panel in a lively discussion focusing on the recent change in how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) claims are handled for first responders, and what the change in the law really means.
Brandi Prejean, Member, Thornton Law Firm
Daniel Morris, The Morris Law Firm, PLLC
Jessica Barta, Public Injured Employee Counsel, Office of the Injured Employee Counsel
Andrew Brylowski, M.D.
11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Combo Plate: Telemedicine and Workers’ Comp
Griffin Mulcahey, J.D., Founder of Enzyme and Co-Founder of Med2You
Griffin Mulcahey will provide an overview of recent changes in Texas telemedicine law, the role of telemedicine in the treatment of occupational injuries, and proposed rules by the Texas Medical Board and DWC.
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. BBQ Lunch by Stiles Switch BBQ
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Playing with Fire: An Overview of Employer Liability Issues
David Brenner, Partner, Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner, L.L.P.
David Brenner will provide an overview of the exceptions to an employer’s workers’ compensation exclusive remedy defense in Texas. In addition, he will discuss how to evaluate coverage under Part II of the workers’ compensation policy.
2:00 p.m. – 2:45 pm.
Something to Chew On: Appeals Panel and Appellate Decisions
Anna Ansari, Partner, Burns Anderson Jury & Brenner, L.L.P.
Anna Ansari will provide an update on significant Appeals Panel decisions (APD) and recent appellate decisions that impact how adjusters and attorneys must address specific workers’ compensation claims issues.
2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Networking Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Cutting Against the Grain: How To Successfully Challenge Designated Doctor Decisions
Stuart D. Colburn, Shareholder, Downs Stanford
Stuart D. Colburn will discuss strategies for successfully challenging and overcoming the presumptive weight afforded to the report of a designated doctor, including common designated doctor errors.
Closing Remarks and Final Housekeeping Matters
Steve Nichols, Manager of Workers’ Compensation Services, Insurance Council of Texas
4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Social Hour - Join us for complimentary beer, wine, and cocktails.