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Workers' Compensation

Anyone considering a career as a paralegal should have a firm understanding of workers' compensation law. The reason is simple: You're far more likely to be involved in workers' compensation cases than criminal law cases, intellectual property cases, or even business disputes. The only types of cases that are more common are personal injury or medical malpractice, both of which have very strong ties to workers' compensation law. 

Knowing the ins and outs of workers' compensation is an absolutely essential skill for any paralegal. Having a solid foundation in this field of law is also a great way to land a job with a private law firm or local, state, or federal governments. This course presents workers' compensation in a straightforward and enjoyable manner. It follows up on other courses taught by a popular legal instructor who has created criminal law and legal nurse consulting courses that have earned strong praise from students. 

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Workers' Compensation

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Workers' Compensation Reviews

Workers' Compensation Details + Objective

Course Code: wcp

You Will Learn
  • Learn what workers’ compensation is and the benefits a worker is entitled to receive
  • Examine the workers’ compensation system that covers all federal employees
  • Understand how social security, Medicare, and Medicaid interact with workers’ compensation
  • Learn what types of injuries are covered under workers’ compensation
  • Learn specifics about medical and disability benefits
  • Understand what happens when there is conflict between employers, employees, and insurance companies regarding workers’ compensation
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain a full understanding of workers’ compensation law—one of the most common types of cases you’re likely to encounter as a paralegal
  • Prepare for a job with a private law firm or local, state, or federal governments
Workers' Compensation Outline
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Week 1

Learn the basic concepts in workers' compensation, and review how the system works, how claims are filed, and why it's so vital for you to know and understand the basic workers' compensation system. Then, go through each type of benefit, avoiding the legal jargon to provide a down-to-earth explanation of the benefit system in the workers' compensation system.

Week 2

Examine the workers' compensation system that covers all federal employees. We'll also examine some of the new initiatives created to track workers' compensation fraud and to prevent government agencies from making double or triple payments for the same injuries. Then, learn how Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid interact with workers' compensation benefits.

Week 3

Get specific about who is covered under workers' compensation statutes. Then, you'll learn how injuries are classified under workers' compensation systems and the rules that employees must follow in determining which injuries are covered and which are not.

Week 4

Examine specific medical benefits provided under workers’ compensation, and we'll also take a look at some less traditional remedies. Then, learn about the amount of money an injured employee will receive for different types of injuries. You’ll also explore how benefits are actually paid and the possibilities of lump-sum payments.

Week 5

Focus on what happens when an injured employee comes into conflict with his or her employer about benefits. Examine how hearings are scheduled, what evidence can be brought up at a hearing, the function of administrative law judges, and how attorneys get paid to represent people at workers' compensation hearings. Then, examine the issues surrounding obtaining a reward, and explore the power that workers' compensation boards have to enforce their regulations, not only against employers, employees and insurance companies, but also against doctors and other medical professionals.

Week 6

Examine all of the issues surrounding how workers' compensation insurance works, from issuing the policy to paying out claims, and learn about the role of the insurance defense attorney, who is hired by the insurance company to represent companies in workers' compensation hearings. Finally, you’ll follow a workers' compensation case through the appellate process.

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Workers' Compensation Instructors
Neal Bevans

Neal Bevans is a former Assistant District Attorney. A veteran of over 150 trials, Bevans has tried every major felony from rape, murder, and narcotics to armed robbery. One of his cases was televised nationally on Court TV. He has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Georgia (Order of the Barrister) and has been a college instructor for over 10 years. He has also presented numerous seminars to medical professionals about the legal field, including training seminars for legal nurse consultants and sexual assault nurse examiners. In addition to practicing real estate law, he also worked as a title examiner and bought and sold real estate investment properties. An author of fiction and nonfiction material, his textbook Criminal Law and Procedure for Paralegals, was published in 2002. His second textbook, Tort Law for Legal Assistants, was published in 2003. He has also published numerous magazine articles about many aspects of the legal and medical fields, including articles focusing on developing a legal nurse consulting practice. He is also a contributing columnist to Legal Assistant Today magazine.

Workers' Compensation Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Workers' Compensation Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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