Workers' Compensation News - December 19, 2005, Volume 3 Issue 314

HOT TOPICS IN WORKERS COMPENSATION LAW ANNOUNCED 
3rd Annual THIS YEAR IN WORKERS’ COMP: TOP ISSUES & CASES
Wed. May 10, 2005 - Edison, NJ

A panel of state and national experts address important issues that can make or break your case, including a concise analysis of key cases that have been decided during the past year

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA Workers’ Compensation Section

Moderator:
JON L. GELMAN, ESQ.
Author, NJ Workers' Compensation Law 3rd Ed (Thompson-West)
Law Offices of Jon Gelman (Wayne)

This third annual program features a panel including some of the most respected workers’ compensation attorneys in the state and the nation. They will review and explain the top issues and cases that have emerged during the past year.

This fast-paced program will be packed with practice pointers that have proven successful in matters ranging from outstanding medical bills, employee pensions, and medical benefits to commutations, special employee status, and asbestos/silicosis claims. You’ll take home new ideas that you can immediately apply to your current and future cases.

PROVEN STRATEGIES FOR DEALING WITH THE TOP ISSUES CONFRONTING TODAY’S WORKERS’ COMPENSATION ATTORNEY…

• What is your responsibility to group healthcare carrier? University of Massachusetts, et al. v. Goldberg, et al. (N.J. App. Div. 2005)
• How should you prepare and try a Hepatitis case?
• What do you need to do to support your application for counsel fees?
• What ethical considerations should you know about in handling "plant closing" cases." Bath Unlimited, Inc. v. Ginarte, et al. (D.N.J. 2005)
• What impact do TDB liens really have upon a compensation claim? Drake v. Micro Warehouse, Inc. (N.J. App. Div. 2005
• How should you try an Occupational Lead Exposure case?
• How can you prove that the petitioner is a full-time employee? Ferguson v. Pediatric Services of America (N.J. App. Div. 2005)
• What you need to know about State reciprocity agreements?

NJ DIVISION ADVANCING NEW REGULATORY PROPOSALS
***MOTIONS FOR MEDICAL TREATMENT
Modifications proposed requiring a physician to certify causal relationship.
See full text below.

***DIRECTOR CALLS UPON JUDGES TO "RESOLVE " TDB ISSUES THROUGH COOPERATION
Regulations to follow. Director and Chief Judge responds to attorney's letter that called for publication of the Drake decision.

***DIVISION MANDATES USE NEW TOTAL DISABILITY JUDGMENT FORMS
Use Mandatory after January 1, 2006
See links below.

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CHARLES NOYES MARTEL, 58
Mr. Martel died Saturday, November 12, 2005 in Morristown Memorial Hospital. A workers' compensation attorney for more than 25 years, he was currently working at the law office of Robert W. Frieland in Morris Plains. Mr. Martel was an elder at the First Presbyterian Church and worked on missions projects, helping people repair their homes. He was also an Eagle Scout with Troop 16 in Millburn. Mr. Martel earned a bachelors degree in history from Albion College in Michigan and a law degree from the George Washington University School of Law, Washington, D.C. Born in Millburn, he moved to Old Bridge 26 years ago. Surviving are Kathleen, his wife of 26 years; a son, Andrew; a daughter, Julia Rose; his mother, Lucene Martel, and a sister, Patricia Howe

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CALENDAR
Jan. 26-29 2006 Winter Convention ~ Westin Mission Hills, Rancho Mirage 
http://www.caaa.org/

May 4-7, 2006 WILG Conference at Disney World. 
http://www.wilg.org

May. 10, 2006 4p-8p, Pines Manor, Edison, NJ
3rd ANNUAL THIS YEAR IN WORKERS' COMPENSATION: Top Issues & Cases
A panel of State and national experts address important issues that can make or break your case, including a concise anaylysis of key cases that have been decided during the 
past year. NJ Institute for Continuing Legal Education
http://www.njicle.com