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EWC160306 Workers' Compensation Retreat CLE- The Impact of Pre-existing Conditions
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This multi-day Workers' Compensation CLE program will be held at the San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino on Condado Beach, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

3/6/2016 to 3/8/2016
When: Sunday, March 6 - Tuesday, March 8
Where: San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino
1309 Ashford Avenue
San Juan 00907
Puerto Rico
Contact: Member Service Center

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Presented by the Workers' Compensation Section

Seminar Code: EWC160306

CLE Credit: 6.0 Hours, (5.0 hours in the Area of Workers' Compensation Practice and 1.0 hours Ethics)

About the Program:

Learn from WCC Commisioners and doctors about the impact of pre-existing and underlying conditions on Workers' Compensation claims. 

Paid or payable?  Eggshell claimant?  But he already had a bad back!  This seminar will address the issue of the straw that broke the camel’s back and who is responsible for the result.  How is a work injury complicated by pre-existing and underlying conditions?  Does it matter under workers’ compensation?  Join us in San Juan and find out.  You may also get a peek behind the WCC curtain from a former commissioner and gain an understanding of long-term post-surgical expectations. 

Who Should Attend:

Workers' Compensation practitioners and those interested in advancing their knowledge.

You Will Learn About:

  • The impact of pre-existing conditions on work injuries
  • Long-term expectations post-surgery relating to joints
  • Long-term expectations post-surgery relating to the spine

Commissioner Randy L. Cohen, State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission, Hartford
Commissioner Charles Senich,
State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission, Hartford
Dr. Michael Karnasiewicz, Neurosurgery Orthopaedics & Spine Specialists PC, Waterbury
Dr. Dean Mariano
, MidState Spine & Pain Center, Meriden
Amado Vargas, McHugh, Chapman & Vargas LLC, Middletown


Monday, March 7
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Pain Management 101: For the Busy Attorney
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. - The Impact of Pre-existing Conditions on Work Injuries; Long-term Expectations Post Surgery Relating to the Spine  
11:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Round Table
12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Things I Can Tell You Now, that I Couldn’t Tell You Before

Tuesday, March 8
8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
- Breakfast
8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
- Clinical Pharmacist Presentation (Sponsored by Injured Workers’ Pharmacy)
9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
- Pre-existing Conditions
10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.
- Break
10:15 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.
- Ethics

Event Cost: Member $295.00

                      Member with Reception Guest $375.00

                      Non-member $395.00

                      Non-member with Reception Guest $475.00


Hotel room reservation information: (This must be done by you separately from this registration process.)
Ocean view rooms are $235 per night with rate guaranteed for rooms Saturday through Wednesday. Upgrades are subject to availability.

Please contact San Juan Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino at (800) 228-9290 and reference the Connecticut Bar Association group.

Except in compelling circumstances, refunds of seminar payments will not be granted for cancellations received

after 10:00 a.m. on January 20, 2016.


** CLE materials for this seminar will be e-mailed to registrants prior to the seminar for download. Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been received. Refunds require a minimum of two business days notice.


The Connecticut Bar Association/CT Bar Institute is an accredited provider of New York State CLE. This program qualifies for transitional and non-transitional credits. Financial hardship information available upon request.