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Workers Comp Matters

Catering to both lawyers and their clients, Workers’ Comp Matters focuses on people and the law. Host and workers’ compensation attorney Alan S. Pierce interviews industry leaders, lawyers, and doctors, covering all elements of workers’ compensation from cases and benefits to recovery.

Oct 30, 2017

Social Security Disability Claims

Janice Skillings-Goff talks about social security disability claims including who’s qualified to make these claims and eligibility requirements.

Sep 29, 2017

Workers’ Compensation for Performing Artists

In this legal podcast, Justin Beck discusses the entitlement of performing artists to workers’ compensation.

Aug 31, 2017

The Fact-Driven Complexities of Personal Comfort Doctrine

This legal podcast looks at personal comfort doctrine including what it is, factors that affect the outcome, and what acts are not compensable

Jul 31, 2017

Constitutional Challenges to State Workers’ Compensation Laws

This legal podcast explores workers’ compensation laws that are affected by constitutional law.

Jun 28, 2017

How the Pawlosky Case Redefined Workplace Injury

Justin Beck and Vincent Quatrini discuss Pawlosky v. W.C.A.B. and how the case set a new precedent for burden of proof and causation standards.

May 31, 2017

Third Party Liability Waivers

This legal podcast discusses third party liability waivers in employee contracts and how both insurance companies and lawyers are reacting to them.

Apr 26, 2017

How Frances Perkins Impacted Workers’ Compensation

This podcast episode talks about the effect Frances Perkins had on worker’s compensation and safety.

Feb 23, 2017

Are Workers’ Comp Benefits Adequate?

Peter Rousmaniere talks about whether workers’ compensation benefits truly meet the needs of injured workers.

Jan 30, 2017

How the Trump Administration will Affect Workers’ Compensation

The potential effect of President Trump's administration, and a Republican majority in Congress on state-based workers’ comp programs.

Aug 25, 2016

Alternative Benefit Systems and the Future of Workers’ Compensation

Guest host Judson Pierce speaks with Workers Injury Law & Advocacy Group President Alan Pierce about the future of American workers’ compensation.

Jul 15, 2016

Using Neuroplasticity to Manage Chronic Pain

In this episode of Workers Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce talks with Dr. Roberto Feliz about pain management and Scrambler Therapy.

Jun 23, 2016

Workers’ Comp from the Other Side: Pain Management

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.

Jun 10, 2016

The International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions

Alan Pierce talks with Jennifer Wolf Horejsh about the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions (IAIABC) and the recent challenges to workers’ compensation in the United States.

Feb 19, 2016

National Implications of Opt Out in Workers’ Compensation

In recent years, opt out alternatives to workers’ compensation have become increasingly popular systems for handling work-related injuries. Under an opt out program, employers are allowed to create their own system for...

Jan 28, 2016

What Stahl v. Hialeah Hospital Means for Florida’s Workers’ Compensation Laws

In 1911, the U.S. created the first state-based workers’ compensation laws as a legislative solution between labor and management. In this “grand bargain,” employers provide compensation to employees injured on the job...

Aug 12, 2015

Section 28 of the MA Workers’ Comp Statute: Serious and Willful Employer Misconduct

In U.S. law, employers must provide workers’ compensation coverage and, in exchange, injured workers are unable to directly sue their employer. But what happens when a worker is injured due to intentional...

May 27, 2015

2015 Workers’ Compensation Research Institute Conference: Perverse Effects of Low Fee Schedules

Workers Comp Matters host Alan Pierce attended the 2015 Workers’ Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Annual Issues & Research Conference in March. While there, he interviewed Rebecca Yang, who presented ‘The Perverse Effects...

May 5, 2015

2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute Conference: Cost and Impacts of Physician Dispensing Drugs

At the 2015 Workers Compensation Research Institute (WCRI) Annual Issues & Research Conference, panels of experts discussed the cost and impacts of physician dispensing drugs. Physician dispensed drugs are prescribed drugs available...

Mar 26, 2015

Chronic Pain, Opioid Addiction, and Injured Workers

“There are more people in chronic pain in America today than diabetics, those with heart disease, those suffering from strokes, and those with cancer combined.” – Dr. Joel Morton The prevalence of...

Feb 26, 2015

FECA and Workers Compensation for Federal Employees

Most workers compensation lawyers deal with state-based claims and private companies, but there is a separate section of workers comp law for federal and postal employees. The Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation...

Jan 30, 2015

Black Lung Disease: Coal Miners, Their Disability, and The Quantum of Proof

In 1969, Congress passed the Federal Coal Mine Health and Safety Act to help miners who, as a result of their work, developed pneumoconiosis, an occupational sickness more commonly known as black...

Dec 30, 2014

Overtime and the Fair Labor Standards Act

The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) is often overlooked as a part of workers’ compensation because it does not involve injury. The FLSA was a job creation bill passed in the 1930s...

Nov 28, 2014

Has Workers Compensation Become Unconstitutional?

About 100 years ago, a Workers Compensation System was created in the United States with a quid pro quo principle. The employers of injured workers were not liable for general damages such...

Aug 22, 2014

Offsets and Overlaps in Workers Compensation and Social Security Disability Claims

When an employee has a debilitating accident at work, there are insurance and government benefits available to the employee and his or her family. Among the many benefits included are workers compensation,...

Jun 17, 2014

The Federal Laws that Affect Workers Compensation Claims

When a workers’ compensation claim is made, there are many elements of federal law that get triggered. Among those elements are the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Family and Medical Leave Act,...

May 19, 2014

Employer Fraud and Recommendations from New York State Supreme Court’s Grand Jury Report

A recent Grand Jury Report from the New York State Supreme Court brought recommendations of change to handle Employer Fraud in Workers’ Compensation. Among the recommended areas of change are the application...

Mar 3, 2014

Medical Marijuana at Work: The Side Effects for Workers’ Compensation

With recreational and medical use of marijuana now approved in some states, concerns of workplace use are being raised. The impacts of this trend range from employee right to treatment and increased...

Feb 7, 2014

WILG, MBA, and Attorney Generals: Meet the Lawyers Keeping the Workplace Safe

Are you concerned about workplace safety? Learn how lawyers from the Workers’ Injury Law & Advocacy Group, Massachusetts Bar Association, and Office of the Louisiana Attorney General can help. In this episode...

Nov 21, 2013

Medical Treatment Guidelines for Injured Workers

Medical Treatment Guidelines are a list of procedures each state mandates to use when treating injured workers. The goal is for these guidelines to aid faster and better treatment for patients. The...

Oct 25, 2013

Mediation in Workers’ Compensation Cases

In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Alan Pierce chats with Teddy Snyder on the ins and outs of mediation regarding workers’ compensation cases. For those working in mediation, looking to...

Jul 26, 2013

Handling and Preventing Shoulder Injuries

“There has been a dramatic rise in shoulder injuries in the last five to ten years,” Doctor Michael Ackland says, maybe we’ve just gotten better at diagnosing them. On this episode of...

May 15, 2013

Workers’ Compensation for Harbor Workers and Longshoremen

Before The Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, policy covered those working on land and those working within navigable waters, but neglected workers on the harbor. This left harbor workers with nowhere...

May 2, 2013

Chat with Two National Leaders of the Workers’ Comp Bar

On the May edition of Workers’ Comp Matters Host and Attorney Alan Pierce talks with two highly-respected guests in the field of workers’ compensation attorneys. The first half of the show he...

Dec 9, 2011

Improving the Quality of Care for Injured Workers

In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, welcomes Michael J. Shor MPH, Managing Director of Best Doctors Occupational Health Institute.  Michael talks about his view of workers’...

Jun 17, 2011

The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary

The National Association of Workers’ Compensation Judiciary (NAWCJ) was founded in 2009 to provide educational opportunities for the workers’ compensation judiciary throughout the United States. On this Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney...

May 18, 2011

Celebrating 100 Years of Workers’ Compensation

Workers’ Compensation was the first social reform in America dating back to 1911. On this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, joins Andrew J. Reinhardt from the firm...

Apr 14, 2011

Privacy, Clients and Social Media

Social networking has become a popular topic within the workers’ comp community.  In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, welcomes Attorney Jon L. Gelman, to take a...

Mar 15, 2011

Raytheon’s Integrated Disability Program

Returning to work after a disabling worker’s compensation injury involves many steps. In this edition of Workers’ Comp Matters, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, welcomes Edmund C. Corcoran Jr., Director of Integrated...

Nov 1, 2010

Fraud & Symptom Magnification in Workers Compensation

There is a phenomenon that we all see in workers’ comp cases, whether representing the claimant or the insurer. An insurer or its medical expert might call it symptom magnification. In this...

Jul 28, 2010

The History of Workers’ Compensation & the Workers’ Compensation Centennial 2011

The first constitutional workers’ compensation law in the United States was enacted back in 1911, and in recognition of this milestone of law, Massachusetts will host a centennial commemoration in April of...

May 5, 2010

The Intoxication Defense

In this special edition of Workers’ Comp Matters from an ABA TIPS 2010 Conference on National Trends and Emerging Issues in Workers’ Compensation, host and Attorney Alan S. Pierce spotlights the intoxication...

Apr 8, 2010

Workers’ Compensation Surveillance

In this special edition of Workers’ Comp Matters from an ABA TIPS 2010 Conference on National Trends and Emerging Issues in Workers’ Compensation, host and Attorney Alan S. Pierce welcomes Jodi Harris...

Feb 25, 2010

The Occupational Disease Pilot Program & Healthcare

Health Care reform continues to be at the forefront of the Obama administration’s agenda.  Host and Attorney Alan S. Pierce welcomes Jon L. Gelman to discuss health care and workers’ compensation and...

Jan 28, 2010

Workers’ Compensation in the Immigrant Community

Host and Attorney Alan S. Pierce welcomes  Marcy Goldstein-Gelb, Executive Director of the Mass. Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH) and  Stacie A. Sobosik, Esq. from the Law Offices of Martin...

Jun 16, 2009

A Look Inside the Workers’ Compensation System

Is the Workers’ Compensation system really there to protect us if we are injured on the job?  On this Workers’ Comp Matters program, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce welcomes Dr. Patrice Woeppel...

Feb 13, 2009

Dissecting Fraud

On this Workers’ Comp Matters program, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce and Attorney Michael I. Fish, founding member of the Birmingham insurance defense law firm of Fish Nelson, LLC, will talk about...

Feb 4, 2009

The Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)

Did you ever want to know what goes on in an Independent Medical Evaluation (IME)? On this Workers’ Comp Matters program, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce and Dr. David Cooper from the...

Jan 22, 2009

MSA Update for Workers Comp Cases

Hear how to properly settle a workers’ comp case and comply with statutory requirements to create a medicare set aside program, allocation or trust. On this Workers’ Comp Matters program, host Attorney...

Jan 8, 2009

Cardiac Injury Claims

Cardiac injury claims in workers comp cases can be tricky. On this Workers’ Comp Matters program, host Attorney Alan S. Pierce, turns to Dr. Julian M. Aroesty, cardiologist from Beth Israel Deaconess...

Apr 1, 2008

Workers Comp & the AMA Guides 6th Edition

Join host and Attorney Alan S. Pierce at the ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Section (TIPS) conference in Chicago recently for a candid discussion of the AMA Guides to Evaluation of Permanent...

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Alan Pierce

Alan S. Pierce has served as chairperson of the American Bar Association Worker’s Compensation Section and the...

Judson Pierce

Judson L. Pierce is a graduate of Vassar College and Suffolk University Law School where he received...

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