Workers' Compensation Section

News from the Section

2016 Spring Education Conference—2 Locations

Saturday, April 23, 2016
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
415-538-2256
Register Online

Saturday, June 4, 2016
The Cliffs Resort
2757 Shell Beach Rd
Pismo Beach, CA
805-773-5000
Register Online

Program Schedule | Essential Information | Printable Brochure | Mail/Fax Reg. Form

Earn 6 hours of participatory MCLE credit, including 1 hour in Legal Ethics, and 6 hours legal specialization credits in Workers' Compensation Law! Read more.

Workers' Compensation 101 Series

The Section is pleased to present its Workers' Compensation 101 series, stretching out through 6 one-hour sessions this spring. Here are the remaining upcoming webinars:

Speaker Eric Ledger works as Industrial Relations Counsel with the Workers' Compensation Appeals Board.  Prior to working for the Appeals Board, Mr. Ledger worked as an applicant's attorney for four years. He is a current member of the Workers' Compensation Executive Committee for which he co-chairs the education sub-committee.

For more information, see Workers' Compensation 101 Series.

Upcoming Webinars

* Purchase both webinars and receive 10% off! Take advantage of this discount offer before it expires on May 12, 2016.

Issue Spotting for Lien Claims

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Workers' Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Friday, May 13, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Decades of knowledge of medical-legal issues, medical fee schedules, and lien litigation will be shared in this one-hour program presenting the lien litigation tips and tricks.  This webinar will cover fundamental issues with liens including filing errors, medical bill auditing, the Official Medical Fee Schedule, and Independent Bill Review, and UR/IMR among others.

Speaker: Suzanne Honor-Vangerov

Making Your Lien Case to the Judge

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit and 1 hour legal specialization credit in Workers' Compensation Law. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Friday, May 20, 2016, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

Join us as the eminently experienced lien litigator shares decades of knowledge of medical-legal issues, medical fee schedules, and lien litigation in a one-hour program presenting the best trial practice tips and tricks. Each party’s burden of proof in a lien trial including the lien claimant’s case in chief and affirmative defenses will be covered. The best tips for avoiding sanctions and penalties with lien claims will also be provided.

Speaker: Suzanne Honor-Vangerov

Performance Perspective

By David DePaolo

"Will you decide to heal yourself and come back stronger? Or will you allow the injury to get the best of you? A great tool is to choose the best perspective and focus on what you want to happen," says Matt Belair, a sport psychologist in an interview in International Mountain Bike magazine. "I want to recover quickly and perform my best, I will continue to have total confidence in my abilities." Athletes get hurt all the time. Particularly in the more "action" oriented sports more popular with the current generation, such as motocross, mountain bikes, parkour, etc. Read more.

Batten v. WCAB: Admissibility of a "Privately Retained Medical Expert" Report

The 2nd District Court of Appeal issued an opinion in Batten v. WCAB, (2015) 80 Cal. Comp. Cases 1256; wherein the applicant had challenged the WCAB’s interpretation of recent statutory changes and in particular Labor Code § 4605 concerning self-procured medical legal reports with a resounding rejection of the applicant’s arguments that there was a conflict in the statutory language and further decisively asserting the authority of the Legislature to regulate workers' compensation matters. In its opinion the Court asserts the necessity of following clearly stated statutory law. Read more.

MEMBERS ONLY: List of CLE webinars and Substantive Law Articles Available FREE on State Bar Website

As a benefit of Section membership, the state bar is pleased to offer six hours of MCLE credit, offering credit in all of the MCLE subfields, Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession, Detection and Prevention of Substance Abuse and Emotional Distress and Legal Ethics. Just watch these programs found at the link below, and keep a record of having done so, in the event you're audited for MCLE compliance.

http://members.calbar.ca.gov/sections/workerscomp/

State Bar Workers’ Comp Section members may also use this link to access a plethora of our most popular articles from our publications.

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

Online CLE

See Online CLE and click on Workers' Compensation to find out how you can get online participatory MCLE credit for Workers' Compensation programs at your convenience. Choose from a wide selection of State Bar of California MCLE programs at both modem and broadband connection speeds. For information about other options for CLE credit, see Education .

Save Money with CEB

Continuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our CEB Discount Program for Section Memberssection. As a member of the Workers' Compensation Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area . Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site .

Contact Us

Workers' Compensation Section
The State Bar of California
180 Howard Street
San Francisco, CA 94105-1639
415-538-2256
FAX 415-538-2368
WorkersComp@calbar.ca.gov