Issue 115 - September 2021
California JPIA Offers Learning Opportunities for Members and Attorneys at Workers’ Compensation Symposium and Liability Attorney Summit
The California JPIA’s 2021 Workers’ Compensation Symposium and Liability Attorney Summit, both in their second year as fully digital experiences, provided members, counsel, and staff with insights on best practices and emerging issues.
“The Authority, along with our members and partners, has embraced a new culture of virtual training,” said Training and Loss Control Specialist Ryan Thomas. “We appreciate how technology has empowered our staff to provide members with access to the professional development opportunities and current information that are essential to managing risk and reducing liability.”
The Workers’ Compensation Symposium, held virtually on August 5, provided an in-depth perspective on current workers’ compensation topics. The agenda, which included a series of four 30-minute presentations over two hours, covered subjects including the Benefits of Telemedicine and Accommodations in a post-COVID World.
Taha Ahmad, MD, MPH, chief of the Kaiser Permanente On-the-Job clinic (KPOJ) at the Panorama City Medical Center in Southern California, presented on the topic of Vaccines, Long Haul COVID and Mental Health. Dr. Ahmad, who is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine/Preventive Medicine, also serves as a KPOJ Southern California Physician Ambassador, engaging with employers and insurance carrier partners on educational topics and to understand their unique needs and requests.
The event concluded with a 2021 Legislative Update.
The Liability Attorney Summit, held virtually on July 29, was an exclusive event for attorneys and their associates who work on the Authority’s liability cases. The summit provided opportunities for learning, information-sharing, and discussion, with curriculum that focused on emerging case law, litigation strategies, and liability claims trends, including summaries of trial results and the current challenging litigation environment.
Agenda items featured during the summit included Trial Tactics to Avoid Run Away Verdicts, presented by Wesierski & Zurek partners Frank D’Oro and David Ferrante-Alan, as well as a Law Enforcement Defense Update presented by Gene Ramirez and Missy O’Linn, both partners at Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP. Dan Barer, a partner at Pollak, Vida & Barer, presented an appellate update that highlighted five current matters relating to the release of officer records, use of force, the First Amendment, late claim, and design immunity.
“The Liability Attorney Summit once again proved to be a great opportunity for the Authority’s defense counsel to gather, learn, share knowledge, and improve their respective abilities to successfully defend the members,” said Liability Program Manager Paul Zeglovitch.< Back to Full Issue Print Article