September 14, 2018 Bar Meeting Minutes

Old Business

  • No Old Business

New Business

  • Introduction of Guests
  • New Business
  • Planning Social in October
  • October Meeting Date
  • Update on Website
    • Payment of Dues – sending notice and website showing delinquent but working to fix it
    • Working on Issues on website
    • Picture on Website
  • Literacy Forsyth Spelling Bee
  • Facebook Page- Follow us
    • Sharing community events,
  • Announcements from Bench
    • Superior Court
      • Court Calendar coming out by October 1, 2018 for 2019
        • Expected to be similar to 2018
        • Presiding Judge will alternate monthly
      • E-filing Updates
        • Be prepared for some setbacks
          • Not having a paper file will be problematic for Court
        • Judge Bagley will not do e-signature
        • January 1, 2019 – Mandatory E-filing
        • There will be an ability to seal documents that are confidential
      • Judge Fowler
        • Updates on Civil Calendar
      • No Updates from Solicitor’s Office
    • Announcements from the Bar
      • Bar Association Cards in Clerks Office
        • Get in Contact with an Attorney through the Clerks Office
      • There is a link on Clerk’s Website to the Bar Association Website
    • Speakers Bob Hoyte and Chris York
      • Workers Compensation – Presentation Attached to Minutes
      • Timelines that are vital to secure workers compensation claims
        • Refer out when needed to ensure client rights are protected
      • Temporary Total Disability – cannot work at all
        • 2/3 of weekly wage
      • Temporary Partial Disability- can work but not full capacity
      • Permanent Partial Disability- based on you injury not your job
        • This relates to physical impairment as a whole
      • State Board of Workers Compensation
        • In order for attorney to be paid you have to show you gained a benefit- meaning the employer did not start paying voluntarily
        • Lawyers are capped out at 25%
        • These restraints on payouts will create a situation where injured cannot pay their household expenses (car payments, child support, mortgage) because the compensation is not enough
        • Employers often do not want employees back without 100% release
        • Board passed a rule that you cannot borrow money to be paid back out of workers compensation
        • Doctors cannot bill on a lean against future expected workers compensation
      • Problems In Accepted Claim
        • Issue One: Get Panel from Employer to select doctor
          • Does have the right to see a doctor of your choosing – often client does not know that they loose it by letting adjuster change the doctor
          • Often the Employees rights are not explained regarding the panel
          • Often wait for follow up and the call never calls
            • An unrepresented injured worker cannot make their own appointments
          • This is a way to make workers compensation cases go away
        • Issue Two: Medical Delay Issues
        • Issues Three: Injured Individual not getting the right amount
          • Worker often never sees the forms that show the amount of check, when the check is expected to come
          • When check is late you are entitled to a 15% adjustment on top of the check
        • Business Incorporation need to also address workers compensation in their articles to ensure the business is protected
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