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Posted on: Nov 16, 2020

As a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic takes hold with increased cases being recorded across the state, our virtual reality will continue into 2021. But that won’t stop us from providing top-notch educational programs during these unconventional times.

It’s more important than ever to remain up to date on the latest changes in workers’ compensation case law and regulations impacting injured workers as they face new threats and environments that could complicate their ability to obtain care, heal and return to work.

To meet those needs, CAAA has continued to deliver premium educational content to stay abreast of the latest developments during these challenging times. On the horizon are two educational programs covering a variety of important workers’ compensation issues to help workers in this brave new world.

First up is the 2020 Virtual Rating Seminar taking place December 4th and 5th, 2020. Timely topics such as how to obtain a complete AME/QME evaluation in the COVID-19 era and evaluating impairment caused as a complication or consequence of infectious diseases, including COVID-19, valley fever and many others, will be presented.

This two-day program, featuring some of the best and brightest attorneys and doctors in the state as moderators and panelists, will offer six hours of MCLE and six hours of Legal Specialization credit, and the programs will be made available for self-study credit after the live session broadcast.

Next on the calendar is the 2021 Virtual Winter Convention, appropriately themed “A Virtual Reality,” taking place January 21st through January 24th, 2021. Once again, California’s premier workers’ compensation conference will be held virtually while still providing world-class educational content and networking opportunities for the community at large.

The four-day program will feature panels of experts covering a variety of topics relevant to both newer and experienced attorneys, including novel approaches to assessing internal impairment in patients dealing with the aftermath of COVID-19, the initial 30 days of setting up a new claim, and the always-topical “Most Important Cases” panel reviewing the most significant cases from the last six months.

Another highlight will be the perennial Commissioners’ Panel where attendees will be able to hear about the latest regulatory and case law developments straight from the WCAB Commissioners themselves.

And again, for those needing to meet their MCLE requirements in the new year, the convention will offer 14.5 hours, including 13 hours of Legal Specialization and 1.5 hours in Elimination of Bias credit. These sessions will also be made available for self-study following the live broadcast.

Our virtual programs will continue to bring us together while contributing to the knowledge and efforts of our overall mission to protect injured workers.

Join us this December and again in January 2021 to get the latest and best information to better serve your clients as we navigate this virtual reality together, and stay tuned for more exciting social events and interaction with our vendors which we plan to bring to you for the Winter Convention. Don’t miss out! We hope to “see” you there.