2018 Workers Compensation Annual Seminar


The Utah Association for Justice Presents:

2018 Workers’ Compensation Annual Seminar

"The Devil is in the Details; A Comprehensive Look at Workers' Comp Issues"

June 29, 2018 8:00AM – 4:30PM

Law & Justice Center 645 S. 200 E. SLC UT. 84111

7 CLE Credit Hours Including 1 Professionalism/Civility Credit

Meeting Chair: Kenny Atkin, of Atkin & Associates


8:00AM – 8:15AM:

Welcome and Introduction - Kenny Atkin, Seminar Chair

8:15AM – 9:15AM:         

Pain Management

Dr. Ann LaPolla - Cottonwood Medical Clinic

9:15AM – 10:15AM:       

DJD Causation & Prognosis - Tools to Address DMEs

"Dr. States will review basic spinal anatomy, diagnostic tools for the spine, address Biopsycosocial issues and common Defense Medical Examination opinions and associated flaws."

Dr. Jeffrey A. States, Personal Injury Training Institute

10:15AM – 10:30AM:           


10:30AM – 11:30AM:           

Top Ten Ways to Violate the Ethics Rules

Barbara Townsend, Office of Professional Conduct - Utah State Bar (Professionalism Credit)

11:30AM – 12:30PM:           

Charting the Current PTD Waters

"Case law has been evolving quickly with many cases from the Utah Court of Appeals and the Utah Supreme Court tweaking how we think about permanent total disability. Together with Dawn and Kenny Atkin, we prepared a chart of old and recent changes to help keep your bearings in changing seas."

Chad Gessel - Craig Swapp & Associates

12:30PM – 1:00PM:                            

Lunch & Networking

1:00PM – 2:00PM:               

Evaluating Workplace Accidents for 3rd Party Claims

Eric Olson & Jordan Kendall

2:00PM – 3:00PM:                  

Basic Work Activities (in light of the Oliver decision)

"How basic work activities can affect a vocational assessment evaluation. Even mild limitations regarding certain non-exertional basic work activities can preclude a worker from working in any occupation in the United States economy." 

Mark Hedrick

3:00PM -3:15PM:                 


3:15PM – 4:15PM:

Getting Up to Speed on MSAs

"A brief review of Medicare Set Asides and the CMS approval process, combined with scenarios to show how settlements involving an MSA can resolve complicated case problems.  Learn what happens behind the scenes, and tips on what to request in settlement discussions. A helpful check list for settlements involving an MSA will be provided."

Dawn Atkin - Atkin & Associates

Craig Pawley - Medivest/Ringler


Closing Remarks, Kenny Atkin - Seminar Chair 


Law and Justice Center

645 S. 200 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111

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