Game of Bones: The Science and Strategy of Orthopedic Claims CLE (EWC191101)

November 1, 2019

8:30 AM to 6:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

The Hartford Club

46 Prospect St, Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Please note that business casual dress is required for entrance to the Hartford Club.


Registration for this event is at capacity for the venue. Walk-in registrants will not be accommodated. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Presented by the Workers' Compensation Section and Orthopedic Associates of Hartford

About the Program

Many areas of the law require the participation of physicians to determine entitlement to benefits and extent of damages. This seminar will analyze the intersection of legal principles and medicine in the context of five common areas of injury: spine, knee, shoulder, wrist, and elbow.

The participating orthopedists will summarize briefly the new treatments in each sub-specialty, and identify treatments that they no longer consider viable or beneficial. Their summaries will be followed by panel presentations. Each panel will consist of four orthopedic sub-specialists, a workers' compensation commissioner, an attorney who represents claimants or plaintiffs, and an attorney who represents employers or defendants.

The seminar will be followed by a "meet and greet the physicians" cocktail hour, sponsored by Orthopedic Associates of Hartford.

Materials will be extensive and will supplement, rather than repeat, the live seminar presentations. The materials for each medical sub-specialty will include:

  • Anatomical drawings of normal and injured joints;
  • A manual prepared by Orthopedic Associates of Hartford that describes the standard diagnostic tests used during the clinical examination of joint and spine injuries. (Think Hoffman's sign, McMurray maneuver, straight leg raise.) The manual will include links to videos demonstrating how some of these tests are performed. It will describe normal and abnormal results, and will identify those results that are clearly diagnostic of particular pathologies.
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You Will Learn

  • About difficult causation issues, including workplace acute or repetitive trauma injury superimposed on pre-existing conditions, “flow-through” injuries, aging, and disease processes
  • How to develop strategies for dealing with differential diagnoses in the context of litigation
  • About physicians’ approaches to return-to-work assessments, including the reliability of functional capacity evaluations and other approaches to assessing work capacity or lack thereof
  • About the role of palliative care and the differing legal and medical approaches to palliative care
  • About new developments in the treatment of chronic pain
  • About the ethical rules governing contacts between physicians, parties, and their representative

Who Should Attend

Attorneys who have practices that include workers’ compensation, personal injury and/or medical malpractice, adjudicators, and insurance professionals.


(Includes a light breakfast, lunch, networking reception, and electronic materials*)
Member $199
Non-member $398
Student Member $99


Four panels composed of four doctors, a commissioner, and plaintiff and defense counsel

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CLE Credit

CT: 7.25 CLE Credits (6.25 General; 1.0 Ethics)
NY: 8.0 CLE Credits (7.0 AOP; 1.0 Ethics)

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.

*Electronic materials are included in the price of the seminar. Any materials for this seminar will be e-mailed to registrants prior to the seminar for download. No paper copies will be provided. Please note that refunds will not be granted once course materials have been sent. Cancellations made less than 2 business days prior to event are non-refundable. 


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