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Work-Related Stress Claims: Overview, The Law, And Strategies For Defense

Date / Time: Recorded
Format: Webinar
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In recent years, work-related stress claims have been one of the fastest growing segments of the workers' compensation system.

Employers continue to receive an increasing number of occupationally induced stress claims from their employees. This epidemic has caused an upward spiral in insurance costs to investigate, defend and prevent these claims.

This live webinar will address many of the difficult issues that arise when handling a work-related stress claim such as legal burdens of proof, various types of stress claims, and available benefits.

This live webinar will provide an overview of this epidemic while assisting workers' compensation in handling the defense of these claims to reduce or eliminate costs.



  • What Is an Occupational Stress Claim?
Stress Epidemic
  • Work-Related Stress Claim Statistics
  • Costs of Stress in the Workplace
Legal Burdens of Proof
  • Physical Stress Injuries
  • Emotional/Mental Stress Injuries
  • Mental/Mental Stress Injuries
  • Abnormal Working Conditions
  • Various State Burdens of Proof for Occupational Stress Claims
Medical Evidence
  • Discussion of Retaining an Expert
  • Providing Expert With Factual Background
  • Records and Information for Assessment
  • Existence of Causal Relationship of Alleged Stress and Employment
Contested Types of Work-Related Stress Claims
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic Attacks and Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder or Clinical Depression
  • Stress-Related Cognitive Impairment
Types of Workers' Compensation Benefits
  • Medical Treatment
  • Temporary Disability Benefits
  • Permanent Disability Benefits
Defense of Stress Claims by Employers
  • Factual Investigation, Recordkeeping and Personnel File
  • Performance Problems or Personality Differences
  • Index (CIB) Search for Other Claims
  • Motivational or Misbehavior Issues
  • Reasonable Accommodations and Prevention
About The Presenters

Claudio J. DiPaolo
  • Chair of Rawle & Henderson, LLP’s Workers’ Compensation Section
  • Practiced insurance defense litigation for nearly 20 years, with a concentration in workers’ compensation matters
  • Defended workers’ compensation matters on behalf of self-insured corporations, insurance carriers, third party administrators and various political entities; has also handled a wide variety of matters, including employment, commercial motor vehicle, products liability, premises liability, insurance coverage, errors and omissions, and medical malpractice
  • Drafted hundreds of administrative law decisions involving adjudicated workers’ compensation matters and assisted in the editing of Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation: Law and Practice
  • Presented to clients throughout the country on various workers’ compensation topics including the interplay between workers’ compensation and other laws and its effects on business enterprises
  • Counseled clients regarding compliance with federal, state, and local laws, and preventing workers’ compensation liability for workplace injuries
  • Successful in recovering workers’ compensation costs for clients through subrogation, errors and omissions, special fund reimbursements, and various other statutory credits
  • J.D. degree, Delaware campus of the Widener University School of Law; studied art history and political science at Duquesne University
Zachary M. Rubinich
  • Partner in the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson, LLP
  • Focuses on the defense of insurance carriers, self-insured entities and third-party administrators against workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania
  • Based on his extensive experience, the Pennsylvania Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Law Section has certified him as specialist in the practice of workers’ compensation law
  • Handled all aspects of litigation before workers’ compensation judges, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the Commonwealth Court and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • Routinely counsels employers, insurance carriers and third-party administrators on claims management, workplace safety, return-to-work programs, employment practices and risk management
  • Recently selected as a member of the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee for 2014-2015
  • Preeminently rates in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory and has been selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers, 2010 to 2014
  • J.D. degree, Widener University School of Law; B.A. degree in political science and government, Lycoming College

Cannot Attend The Live Presentation?

This presentation is also available in a recorded format, in CD version, as shown in the pricing options below.

About Webcasts / Audio Conferences / Podcasts:

Webcasts, audio conferences, and podcasts are presentations that you attend via the Internet, phone, or mobile device at a specified date and time for "live" versions, or at your convenience for "recorded" and "On-Demand" versions.

The live versions are interactive, meaning that participants can ask questions in real time, plus are a very cost-effective form of training because 1) you receive fast, convenient learning without any out-of-office time; 2) you can invite as many colleagues as you'd like to listen in on a single phone line; 3) you incur no travel expenses; and 4) you and your colleagues are back at work immediately after the session ends!

And though with recorded versions you do lose the ability to ask questions, you gain the ability to hear the presentation numerous times and to share it with others in your office.

Handout materials and the phone number for live presentations are made available to you prior to the event via email from the presenter and from the "MyAccount" link on the menu bar. Copies of the presentations are included with recorded versions.

About The Provider: Lorman Education Services has provided educational seminars and online training for professionals since 1987.

Since then, we've kept thousands of professionals in the United States and internationally current on the most pressing topics in a rapidly changing marketplace of ideas. Like you, we understand the need for concise, accurate information.

That understanding underlies each Lorman course, presenting the latest information on the laws and regulations critical to your organization's successful daily operations.

Moreover, each course receives our painstaking attention to be certain both the faculty and participants receive the individual attention necessary to achieve maximum benefit from the materials.
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