Continuing Legal Education

Advanced Workers' Compensation - Fall 2014 (FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS)

October 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

Fairview Heights
Four Points Sheraton
319 Fountains Parkway
(map and directions)

Update your knowledge on recent Appellate Court decisions, AMA Guidelines, and entering evidence to support your client’s case with this advanced-level workers’ compensation seminar! Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending this seminar will better understand:

  • What the Illinois Appellate Court Justices and arbitrators expect from practitioners appearing in court;
  • Recent Appellate Court decisions that have affected the workers’ compensation practice;
  • How to get evidentiary materials into the record;
  • Whether or not an impairment rating is necessary for a party to prove their case;
  • What to focus on when deposing the physician who provided the impairment rating; and
  • Much more!
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
John B. Adams, Attorney at Law, Libertyville



9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Judicial Corner
Don’t miss this popular segment in which an arbitrator for the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission and an Appellate Court Justice for the Workers’ Compensation Division of the Illinois Appellate Court come together to share their observations and what they expect from practitioners appearing in their courtrooms.
Hon. Thomas M. Harris, Jr., Fourth District Appellate Court, Lincoln
William R. Gallagher, Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, Belleville

10:00 – 10:45 a.m.  Case Law Update
Join us for a brief overview of significant Appellate Court decisions from the past year that have impacted the workers’ compensation practice.
Kenneth F. Werts, Craig & Craig, Mt. Vernon

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  You and The ARDC*
Learn to stay out of trouble with the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission with this informative presentation that explores the ethical issues you need to consider throughout your next workers’ compensation case.
William Walker, Attorney at Law, Granite City

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Evidence: Getting Materials into the Record
Evidence is a key component for winning a case. This comprehensive overview discusses how to get your evidence into the record!
Robert C. Nelson, Nelson & Nelson, Belleville

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.  Using AMA Guides at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission
This session discusses how impairment ratings are being considered and used by the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, as well as whether or not an impairment rating is necessary for a party to prove their case. Recent Illinois Worker’s Compensation Commission decisions are also examined.
Carol A. Hartline, WilliamsMcCarthy LLP, Rockford

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:00 p.m.  Taking the Deposition of an AMA Examiner
Get the information you need for taking the deposition of an AMA examiner, including what you should focus on when deposing the physician who provided the impairment rating, how this focus differs for the respondent and petitioner, and how to prepare for the deposition.
Joseph K. Guyette, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, Urbana