3 Signals It’s Time to Close the Claim

Some Workers Compensation Claims seem to have a life of their own. Before you know it, years have passed since the Date of Injury. Here are 3 signals telling you to take a hard look at settling now. The Injured Workers is 61 years old. Once an injured worker reaches age 62½, any buy-out of future medical…

Tactics vs. Strategy

Tactics are steps you take to win short term goals on the way to achieving your strategic objective. Sometimes tactical skirmishes distract workers compensation professionals from pursuit of their strategic goal. On the other hand, you can’t reach your strategic objective without well-thought-out tactics. The Disputed Doctor’s Deposition Take the case where an attorney insisted…

Six Biggest Mediation Misconceptions

The Mediator might rule against me. Mediators do not make any rulings. The role of the mediator is to help the parties resolve the issues.   If I go to mediation, I will have to give up something. Negotiation is about compromise. Each side usually gives up something. You won’t give up anything unless you, and only you,…

Understanding Public Income and Medical Benefits after the Affordable Care Act

There’s a lot more to the Affordable Care Act than buying private health insurance through an exchange marketplace like http://www.CoveredCA.com. Four kinds of public benefits can help people get the medical care they need: Subsidized premiums and co-pays for private health insurance purchased through an exchange.  Commercial insurers issue these policies, not the government. Medicare,…