Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Education Conference Focuses on Workers Compensation

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Education Conference Focuses on Workers Compensation

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The Oklahoma Workers Compensation Court will offer a workers compensation education conference Sept. 11-13 at Meridian Technology Center in Stillwater.

The Meridian Technology Center and the Oklahoma Bar Association's Workers Compensation Section are co-hosts.

The conference will include a report from Robert Snashall, chairman of the New York Workers Compensation Board. Snashall will travel to Oklahoma from New York City immediately following that city's Sept. 11 memorial events. On Sept. 12, Snashall will share the experiences encountered by his state's workers compensation system as it had to deal with the enormous loss sustained as a direct result of the World Trade Center attacks.

The conference begins at 2 p.m. on Sept. 11 with a presentation by attorney Jim Priest. Priest will focus on the difficulties encountered by employers and employees when dealing with actions involving an interplay of the workers compensation system, the Family Medical Leave Act and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Harold Howell of the Oklahoma Property and Casualty Guaranty Association, and George Phillips, general counsel to the Oklahoma State Insurance Department, will discuss the steps that must be taken to obtain workers compensation benefits when an insurance carrier ceases payment during a period of receivorship or insolvency.

A gubernatorial candidate forum will kick off the Sept. 12 morning session. Each candidate remaining in the race after today's primary election will have an opportunity to present his views and plans for Oklahoma workers compensation system.

Ann Clayton, former administrator of Florida's workers compensation system, will present the results of a nationwide Robert Wood Johnson foundation study concerning the ability of workers to receive prompt and adequate medical treatment after a work-related injury. Breakout sessions, an analysis of the impact of workers compensation on Oklahoma's economic climate and review of the factors affecting the amount paid for workers compensation insurance, round out the Sept. 12 program.

On Sept. 13, attendees will learn more about the implications of combined injury claims brought by a worker against his last employer or the Multiple Injury Trust Fund. Judges Kent Fulton and Craig Johnson will provide guidance to physicians appointed by the court to evaluate an injured worker's medical condition. A one-hour session intended to reduce litigation and streamline the payment of medical charges will be offered.

Continuing education credits will be offered for attorneys, insurance adjusters and nurse case managers. Cost is $150 per person. Seating is limited to 400 participants.

Those wishing to register for the conference are asked to call Michele Gilliland at the Meridian Technology Center at (405) 377- 2220 or Melissa Hoehn at the Workers Compensation Court at (405) 522- 8792. Registrations may be received by phone, facsimile or mail.

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