Workers' Compensation Seminar


Workers' Compensation Seminar

Best Practices in Effectively Handling a Workers Comp Claim.

Download the brochure here: Workers' Comp

Friday, October 18, 2013 | 11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Grand Historic Venue - 5th Floor Mirror Room
225 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21202


11: 30 am  Registration
12:00 pm Welcome
Jessica Bhagan, Chasen Boscolo Injury Lawyers
Todd Schuler, Kahn, Smith & Collins, PA
12:05 pm Effectively Managing Your Third Party Claim
Nadine Osinski, Chasen, Boscolo Injury Lawyers
1:05 pm Sponsor Panel
Dr. Barbara A. Cochran, M.D., Occupational Medicine Consultant
1:20 pm Creative Settlement Techniques and Medicare Set-Asides
Commissioner Kenneth Macleay, The Law Office of John M. Hall
Danielle Marone, Schmidt, Dailey & O'Neil
2:45 pm Sponsor Panel
Dr. Russell J. Hibler, Union Memorial Hospital, Functional Restoration Partners
3:00 pm Recent Changes in the Law
Chairman R. Karl Aumann
Robert J. Zarbin, Zarbin Law Firm
4:00 pm Navigating IME's and Impairment Ratings
Dr. Michael A. Franchetti, M.D., Maryland Orthopedics, PA
4:30 pm Happy Hour with the Commissioners



Chairman R. Karl Aumann,Maryland Workers? Compensation Commission

Appointed Commissioner of the Workers? Compensation Commission in February 2005, R. Karl Aumann was subsequently named Chairman in October 2005 by Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr.. Immediately prior to this appointment, he served as Maryland?s Secretary of State. Chairman Aumann earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Loyola University Maryland in 1982. He received his J.D. in 1985 from the University of Baltimore School of Law and was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1986. He was an associate with the Towson firm of Power & Mosner and later with the Baltimore office of Miles & Stockbridge. In 1991, President George H. W. Bush appointed him Counsel and Senior Policy Advisor to the Appalachian Regional Commission. From 1994 until 2003, Chairman Aumann served as Chief Administrator and District Director in the Congressional office of then-Representative Ehrlich. Chairman Aumann is currently president of the Southern Association of Workers? Compensation Administrators and is on the board of directors of the National Association of Workers? Compensation Judiciary. He represents the Commission and is an active member of the International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and Commissions and the Maryland Workers? Compensation Educational Association.

Dr. Barbara A. Cochran, M.D.

Dr. Cochran is Board Certified in Internal Medicine with 36 years of practice experience. She is Board Eligible in Occupational Medicine with 23 years of practice experience. She does Independent Medical Evaluations for causality permanency, and SIF using an evidence based medicine approach. She has special expertise and experience in Cumulative Trauma Disorders such as CTS, DD, and OA as well as RADS/pulmonary exposures, CRPS, and firefighting exposures. She has testified in both State and Federal cases for WC and FELA at the Circuit Court, State, and Federal levels. She has delivered Power Point Presentations on CTS, OA to attorneys and on Biomarkers/CHF, CRPS, OA to the Director of Policy for the Social Security Administration. Prior positions include: Medical Director Promptcare, Program Medical Manger of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and Chief of Occupational Medicine for Aberdeen Proving Ground.

Dr. Michael A. Franchetti, M.D.A graduate of Philadelphia?s LaSalle University and Jefferson Medical College, Dr. Franchetti completed his internship and residency at that city?s Hahnemann University Hospital. In practice since 1987, he is certified by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, and a member of the American Medical Association, Maryland Orthopedic Society and American College of Sport Medicine, as well as a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. He is currently a partner at Maryland Orthopedics, P.A. where they have recently celebrated 35 years of providing comprehensive care to both the medical and legal communities. Maryland Orthopedics, P.A. is a proud sponsor of the MAJ and offers on-site x-ray, physical therapy, Independent Medical Evaluations and a wealth of knowledge regarding the handling of Workers? Compensation or Personal Injury cases. 

Dr. Russell J. Hibler, PhD, ABPP-CI
Russ Hibler helps those with pain and disability to find pathways to and reasons for real living. Since arriving in Baltimore over 20 years ago, he has been the behavioral medicine psychologist at the Union Memorial Hospital with positions in rehabilitation medicine, the Curtis National Hand Center and with behavior sleep medicine for the Franklin Square Hospital. He maintains a clinical faculty position at the Loyola University of Maryland, one of six graduate universities and through as many national associations to provide training in biofeedback, clinical hypnosis and specialized psychology treatments for medical conditions.In prior positions he was the deputy medical director of the National Security agency, a consultant on human reliability for 14 intelligence agencies and founded the federal governments? largest employee assistance program. With over 20 years in the Air Force uniform he lived in Asia and in Europe where he directed the Department of Defense?s alcohol treatment programs overseas and traveled extensively to improve worker performance; from top gun fighter pilots to returning personnel to work following trauma.

Danielle Marone, Schmidt, Dailey & O'Neil
Danielle E. Marone, Esquire is an associate attorney at Schmidt, Dailey & O’Neill, L.L.C.  Her practice areas include defending clients in commercial liability, employment discrimination, and workers’ compensation claims, with a sub-specialty in Medicare set-asides.  She was formerly a Health Insurance Specialist with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Government Task Leader for the Workers’ Compensation Medicare Set-aside Arrangement (WCMSA) project. She was instrumental in drafting CMS’ policy memorandum regarding the inclusion of prescription drug expenses in WCMSAs.  She was also responsible for monitoring and assisting CMS’ Workers’ Compensation Review Contractor in implementing CMS’ WCMSA operating rules.  She functioned as a policy expert regarding the WCMSA initiative for CMS’ 10 Regional Offices, Medicare beneficiaries, claimants, insurers, and attorneys.  Danielle obtained her B.A. at Villanova University and her J.D. at Case Western University School of Law.  She was admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1999 and the District of Columbia Bar in 2006.  She is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia Bars and the Maryland Defense Counsel.

Commissioner Kenneth Macleay
Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr., recently appointed Mr. Macleay as a Worker's Compensation Commissioner for the State of Maryland. Mr. Macleay began serving a twelve year term on August 1, 2005.
Ken Macleay attended Loyola College and the University of Baltimore Law School.  He joined Rollins, Smalkin, Richards & Mackie, L.L.C. as an associate in 1991 and became a partner in 2000.  His practice included workers' compensation, transportation, insurance defense, and personal injury and medical malpractice litigation.
Commissioner Macleay is a member of the American Bar Association and the Anne Arundel County Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Association for Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy.  He regularly attends the American Bar Association's Transportation Megaconference.
Active in the workers' compensation and insurance arenas, Commissioner Macleay routinely attends the Maryland Workers' Compensation Educational Association, Inc.'s annual conference and testified before the Joint Legislative Oversight Task Force pertaining pending legislation affecting Workers' Compensation statutes in Maryland.  In addition, he served on a legislative oversight panel concerning insurance coverage and the rental car industry.
In 1997 Commissioner Macleay served as President of the Board of Trustees of the José Marti´ Monument Foundation and was integral in having a monument honoring José Marti´, a Cuban patriot, erected in Baltimore City.
Commissioner Macleay enjoys coaching little league baseball and spending time on the Chesapeake Bay.

Nadine Osinski, Chasen Boscolo Injury Lawyers
Nadine Osinski—a native of Ambler, Pennsylvania—has been practicing in Maryland and the District of Columbia for more than 10 years, representing those who have been injured in workers’ compensation and negligence matters before all levels of courts.
Ms. Osinski clerked for the Maryland District Court in Annapolis following law school at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Following the clerkship, Ms. Osinski worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Montgomery County, Maryland, handling asset forfeiture and criminal matters.
In 2005, she began representing injured workers throughout the state of Maryland, and has successfully represented thousands of injured workers before the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission and in jury trials and appellate matters.
In 1996, Ms. Osinski won the gold medal for giant slalom in the national snowboarding championships and she is an avid golfer.

Robert J. Zarbin, Zarbin Law Firm
Mr. Zarbin received his J.D. from Loyola University School of Law. He is a past president of the Maryland Association for Justice as well as a member of President's Club as an Eagle. Mr. Zarbin has served as Chair of the Legislative Committee and MAJ?s Workers' Compensation Section. He is a member of the Bar Association of Baltimore City, the Baltimore County Bar Association, the Prince George?s County Bar Association, the District of Columbia Bar Association and the Justinian Society. Mr. Zarbin is an active member in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and has served as President of the Council of Presidents for State Trial Lawyer Associations. He currently serves as President of the AAJ State Delegates. Mr. Zarbin has been appointed to the Standing Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure by the Maryland Court of Appeals while also serving on the Maryland State Bar Association Committee on Laws as well as the Board of the James C. Cawood, Jr. American Inn of Court. Mr. Zarbin has been recognized for Leadership in Law by The Daily Record and as a Maryland Super Lawyer by Baltimore Magazine.



Jessica Bhagan, Chasen Boscolo Injury Lawyers

Todd Schuler, Kahn, Smith & Collins, P.A.


It's 2013 & MAJ is Going Green
MAJ is dedicated to providing low-cost seminars to all attendees. In an effort to reduce seminar costs and to support the cause for going green, we are providing all seminar materials electronically. The most up to date handout materials will be available electronically via the MAJ website or email, prior to the seminar event. If requested, we will provide you with paper materials for a fee.
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Grand Historic Venue - 5th Floor Mirror Room

225 North Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

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Maryland Orthopedics, PA

St. Paul & Biddle Medical Associates
Cancellation Policy

Written cancellation on or prior to October 4, 2013 will result in a refund less a $25 fee. After October 4, 2013, registration fees will not be refunded.

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