Podcast category: Medical Law

The Insurance Law Podcast

The Handling of Third Party Claims in Missouri

Attorneys Aaron French and Phil Graham from the law firm of Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C. discuss why Missouri is quickly becoming a risk state for handling third party claims, and what this means for the future for insurers in the state.

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Workers Comp Matters

Alternative Benefit Systems and the Future of Workers’ Compensation

Due to recent constitutional challenges to workers’ compensation in certain states, a nationwide debate among legal professionals has been ignited. How has this system evolved over time and in what ways might it change in the future?

In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, guest host Judson Pierce speaks with Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group President Alan Pierce about the future of the American workers’ compensation system. Alan talks about the recent scrutiny that workers’ compensation has been under and how increased visibility has sparked a national conversation regarding the system’s effectiveness. He reflects on the 1911 enactment of state-based workers’ compensation systems and lists the safety-focused goals of the institution. Alan analyzes the federal government’s 1970s involvement in the system, mainly through the establishment of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the national commission report issued in 1972 that broadened and increased benefit coverage. He explains how costs associated with the system eventually increased as benefits expanded and how this led to system reform in many states. Alan closes the interview by discussing the recent challenges to the constitutionality of the workers’ compensation system in some states and an investigation of the problems with employer established alternative benefit systems.

Alan S. Pierce has served as chairperson of the American Bar Association Workers’ Compensation Section and the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Section on Workers’ Compensation Law. He frequently lectures on workers’ compensation issues around the nation, and in 2007 became one of the first attorneys in the country to be inducted as a Fellow into the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers of the American Bar Association.

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Ringler Radio

Asbestos Litigation and Our Veterans


There are approximately 25 million veterans from all wars and all branches of service in the U.S., some at risk of developing mesothelioma or another fatal asbestos disease as a result of asbestos exposure. Veterans comprise 30% of all known mesothelioma deaths that have occurred in this country. In this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen and co-host Manny Valdez, Sr. talk with attorney Steven Kazan, founding, senior and managing principal of the firm, Kazan, McClain, Satterley & Greenwood, as they take a look at asbestos litigation involving veterans, mesothelioma, and other asbestos related diseases.

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On the Road

ABA Annual Meeting 2016: Zika Virus

We’ve all been hearing a lot about the Zika virus in the news. Miami recently reported over 10 cases, and the virus could potentially spread throughout the United States. But why are we so intimidated by a disease that isn’t life threatening? In this report from On the Road, Thinking Like A Lawyer’s Joe Patrice interviews two Zika experts, Medical Epidemiologist Captain Ken Dominguez and Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics James Hodge. Together, they discuss why funding is the major hangup in American preparation for dealing with this virus.

Captain Kenneth L. Dominguez MD, MPH (USPHS) is an epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Captain in the U.S. Public Health Service. He completed a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, both a Medical degree and Masters in Public Health degree at Columbia University. He completed residency training in both Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California and at the CDC in Atlanta and trained as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer through CDC at the Puerto Rico Department of Health.

James G. Hodge, Jr., JD, LLM, is professor of Public Health Law and Ethics and director of the nationally-ranked Public Health Law and Policy Program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University. Through scholarship, teaching, and applied projects, Professor Hodge delves into multiple areas of health law, public health law, global health law, ethics, and human rights. Professor Hodge has a B.S. from College of Charleston, a J.D. from Salmon P. Chase College of Law, and a LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center.

Ringler Radio

Mediation and Personal Injury Cases


Personal injury cases should end in settlement, but often times there is no resolution, leading to frustration for those in the mediation. In this edition of Ringler Radio, host Larry Cohen joins co-host and colleague, Manny Valdez, Sr. and special guest, the Honorable Lynn Duryee, a San Francisco JAMS neutral. Judge Duryee offers helpful insights about how to successfully settle your personal injury case in mediation.

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Workers Comp Matters

Using Neuroplasticity to Manage Chronic Pain

Currently, there are very few non-pharmaceutical pain management options for workers suffering from neuropathic injuries. What advancements have been made in treatment techniques for patients who are looking to move away from opioid-based treatment?

In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce talks with Dr. Roberto Feliz about pain management and Scrambler Therapy. Roberto opens the interview by defining chronic pain and shares that the body maintaining localized inflammation within the tissue is how acute pain transforms into chronic pain. He states that the continued bombardment of pain signals to your spinal cord and central nervous system forces the neurons in your brain to change and form new neural connections. Roberto explains that Scrambler Therapy, a pain management technique that blocks pain signal transmission and provides non-pain information to the affected nerve fibers, aims to deceive the brain into reading the pain signals in a different way. He analyzes what types of pain respond well to this therapy style and what pain types, like degenerative arthritis, do not. Roberto closes the interview with a comparison of how accepting private insurance and workers’ comp services are of this new therapy and discusses the cost and frequency of treatment.

Roberto Feliz, M.D. is a board certified pain management physician and anesthesiologist. Dr. Feliz is widely recognized for his clinical interests in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, neuropathic pain, Rhizotomy, epidurals and nerve blocks, opioid tapering and sports injuries.

Dr. Feliz earned his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School. He completed his residency at Harvard Medical School at Beth Israel Hospital. He has a fellowship in pain management from Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital completed in 1993 and Massachusetts General Hospital in 1994. He currently serves as an impartial physician for the Massachusetts Workers’ Compensation Judges.

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Workers Comp Matters

Workers’ Comp from the Other Side: Pain Management

Many people have a negative perception of the benefits and treatment one receives through the workers’ compensation system. What examples are there of the system working, and what can injured workers do to help proactively manage their pain as they recover?

In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce speaks with Rebecca Curtis about her work-related injury, her road to recovery, and the company she founded to help other injured workers like herself. Rebecca recalls her car accident during a trip home from a speaking engagement and how it left her with a spinal fracture and no feeling from the neck down. She opens up about her surgeries, having to learn to walk again, and the excellent workers’ compensation services and support she received. Rebecca also provides insight into her battle with pain management during her recovery process and how a program helped her to realize that there are many options available for pain management. She closes the interview with a discussion on how this experience inspired her to start her company, Take Courage Coaching, and dedicate her life to helping others struggling to manage chronic pain.

Rebecca Curtis is the founder of Take Courage Coaching. She is an international speaker on chronic pain management, has been a regular speaker at PAINWeek®, and trains, coaches, and travels extensively speaking to medical groups about the role of coaching in pain management.

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