Partners Robert Bamdas, Nicolas Earles and Tally Perez presented at the Longshore and DBA Breakout hosted at the The 70th Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference on August 26, 2015 at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Mr. Bamdas has been the organizer and moderator of this program for over a decade. This year, he formed a committee of plaintiff and defense attorneys as well as claims handling specialists to select topics and speakers. The result was fantastic and well balanced program that focused on pressing issues relating to the handling of Longshore and Defense Base Act Claims.
In addition to moderating the full day of panels, Mr. Bamdas spoke on “Industry Update (OWCP) and Trends Under the Longshore and Defense Base Act”. Mr. Bamdas, along with Enrica Deamus of the U.S. Department of Labor and Gregg Anderson, of the Coker Law Group, addressed recent changes with the OWCP including electronic filing, preparation and presentation of the claim at the informal conference and transition of the the OWCP District Office Region IV in Jacksonville, FL, under its new District Director Kristina Hall.
This was Mr. Earles first time presenting at the Longshore Breakout. He spoke on “Concurrent Jurisdiction: A Discussion of Overlap and Interaction of State and Federal Workers’ Compensation”. Along with attorney Ralph Lorberbaum of Zipper, Lorberbaum & Beauvais, he discussed the impact of concurrent versus exclusive jurisdiction with state workers’ compensation and Longshore claims, as well as thoughtfully explained the interaction with other federal acts.
Additionally, Ms. Perez spoke on a panel with attorney Howard Grossman, of Grossman Attorneys at Law. Her topic was “Discovery Issues and Procedure Impacting Longshore and DBA Claims. This presentation addressed the gathering of information for a formal hearing. There were spicy and hotly debated exchanges as the panel highlighted the competing interests and strategies of from both a plaintiff and defense standpoint. Ms. Perez also outlined the process of conducting discovery through the use of releases, subpoenas, medical examinations, recorded statements, written discovery, social media, surveillance, depositions and pre-trial motion practice.
The Breakout was attended by a national group of claims handlers, insurance agents, underwriters and industry leaders, attorneys and local Department of Labor Representatives.
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