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Evaluation by Doctors of Worker's Compensation Medical Issues

OnDemand Webinar (57 minutes)

Learn what is going on with workers' compensation medical issues.

Ever wonder what the heck is going on with workers' compensation medical issues? How are these cases typically handled? How do doctors determine whether someone is really injured, whether they were injured at work, and how serious the injury was? How do they determine how long a person should remain off work? When (if ever) does treatment stop for the injury? There are answers to these questions. Work injuries impact virtually every industry on the planet, including yours. This topic will provide a summary of how doctors evaluate workers' compensation medical issues ranging from disputes over medical treatment to whether a work injury even occurred. Gaining insight into how these matters are evaluated could be helpful for any person.


Benjamin D. Willis


Overview of Workers' Compensation

• How It Works in General, and in My State (Kentucky)

• What Happens (Generally) When Someone Is Injured and Taken to the Hospital

• The First Interaction With Medical Providers May Be the Most Important

Legal Responsibilities of Physicians

• Care for the Patient/Do No Harm (Primary Responsibilities)

• Evaluator, Care Provider, or Both?

• The Approved Standard in Evaluating Injury and Impairment (in KY, AMA Guides, 5th Edition)

The Independent Medical Evaluation

• Treating Doctor and the Gold Standard

• More on the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Impairment, 5th Edition, and Similar Authoritative Resources

• Functional Capacity Evaluations and Physical Restrictions

• Assessing Causation

• Determining MMI, and Why It Matters

• Medical Treatment - What's Necessary?