Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference Offers Expanded Multi-State Program

For the 2012 WCEC, set for August 19-23 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, the popular “Breakout on Multi-State Workers’ Compensation Laws” has been expanded to include more states.

Orlando, FL, June 14, 2012 --( The Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference (WCEC) continues to enhance its program offerings in response to positive audience feedback. The largest gathering of its kind in the nation, it attracts some 8,000 participants and more than 300 exhibitors from over 35 states and a number of foreign countries.

For the 2012 conference, set for August 19-23 at the Orlando World Center Marriott, the popular “Breakout on Multi-State Workers’ Compensation Laws” has been expanded with the addition of Virginia to the forum of presenting jurisdictions. The group now includes legal experts from 10 jurisdictions: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas, and Virginia.

The multi-state group program will be conducted throughout the day on Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 8:45 to 3:00 pm. Program Moderator is R. Briggs Peery, an attorney with Swift, Currie McGhee & Hiers, LLP in Atlanta. Presenters from the different jurisdictions will offer commentary on the latest jurisdictional trends, case law, cost saving techniques, and litigation strategies to assist claims handlers and employer management groups conducting business in the Southeast and Texas. The format offered throughout the day encourages audience questions and participation.

The breakout will begin with an opening general session and introduction of participating legal experts, workers’ compensation judges, and state board regulators. That will be followed by a panel discussion in which state board experts discuss significant legal issues and trends affecting employers and carriers within the 10 represented jurisdictions. Topics to be covered include evidentiary medical issues, good faith denials, and repetitive trauma claims.

The special state breakout presentations will follow the conclusion of the general session. Panel members from each of the 10 participating states will offer presentations covering the uniqueness of their respective workers' compensation systems. Some will offer stand-alone sessions; others will combine with another jurisdiction in a compare/contrast setting.

In each breakout session, state board regulators and/or judges will participate with other legal experts to offer detailed discussions on subjects crucial to workers’ compensation claims handlers in each jurisdiction. While topics will vary depending on the state, each presentation will include information on state-specific forms and form filing requirements, litigation pitfalls, and tips on controlling medical expense. Where applicable, state forms and presentation outlines will be available to audience members.

The morning sessions will be followed by a complimentary lunch for attendees provided by the Multi-State Committee members. After lunch, a repeat presentation of the individual state breakout sessions will be offered, allowing people the opportunity to attend different breakouts.

Based on audience feedback from the 2011 program, the Multi-State Committee is again offering a second afternoon program to run concurrently with the afternoon state breakout sessions. A hypothetical workers’ compensation case/fact pattern in the format of a panel discussion involving experts from all 10 of the represented jurisdictions will be presented. Panel members and the audience will dissect the hypothetical case in terms of important legal issues and settlement value. The presentation is designed to highlight the difference and similarity in how jurisdictions view the same facts.

The multi-state program will end with a final general session presented in an interactive “Who Wants to be a (Workers’ Compensation) Millionaire?” game show format. This format will include a “celebrity” host leading and testing competitors through a multitude of cross jurisdictional workers’ compensation issues.

At the conclusion of the afternoon general session, the 2012 Multi-State Book of Workers’ Compensation Laws will be provided to all attendees. New for 2012, simplifying distribution and access, the statute/rule book will be distributed on a zip drive. The content includes workers’ compensation rules and laws from each of the 10 participating jurisdictions.

The 2012 multi-state program was developed by the Workers’ Compensation Defense Institute, a newly formed organization made up of representatives from the participating states.

About WCEC & WCI
Now in its 67th year, the Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference (WCEC) is the must-attend event for C-level executives, risk managers, claims adjusters, insurers, and medical and legal experts. Presented by the Workers’ Compensation Institute (WCI), the conference offers attendees an extraordinary opportunity to connect with their peers and learn from nationally recognized experts.

Ongoing registration for the 2012 gathering reflects the global perspective of the conference, with an expected 8,000 participants from over 35 states and a number of foreign countries. The conference itself has been expanded to four days to accommodate the several hundred speakers presenting discipline-specific programs, break-out sessions and CEU opportunities. Of particular interest are a National Trends’ program featuring three national medical directors; a Risk Managers’ break-out paneled by two insurance company presidents; and a two-day “Center for Excellence: The Study of Medical Cost Drivers in Workers’ Compensation,” sponsored by Liberty Mutual. Additionally, more than 300 exhibitors will present information on their products and services.

The 2012 Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference will be held August 19-23 at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

The WCI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization that serves as a comprehensive resource to all members of the workers’ compensation community. The WCI is an outgrowth of the long-established Florida Workers’ Compensation Institute. FWCI remains in existence under the WCI umbrella and continues its Florida focus, while the national organization provides a broader outreach across all states. The website is
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Joan Collier