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WORKERS' COMP ACADEMY - Registration closes August 31, 2022

Designed to reinforce and enhance your knowledge of the SC Workers' Compensation System, the Annual Workers’ Comp Academy will be held in conjunction with the Annual Educational Conference. This program is geared toward individuals new to the workers’ compensation system as well as seasoned professionals who need a “refresher” in various general topics.

Limited seating.  Pre-Registration Required.  Onsite registration will not be available.

Monday, September 26, 2022

8:30 am - 9:00 am

9:00 am - 10:00 am

10:00 am - 10:30 am

10:30 am - 10:40 am

10:40 am - 11:30 am


11:30 am - 12:15 pm















12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 2:00 pm



2:00 pm - 2:45 pm










2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

4:00 pm - 4:40 pm

4:40 pm - 5:00pm

Opening Remarks & Welcome

Grady L. Beard, Es., President SCWCEA

Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, Columbia, SC


One Will Die:  The John Martin Story

John Martin was seriously injured in an industrial accident and received chemical burns over 70% of his body and chemical burns to both eyes.  Through medical technology and sheer determination, John has overcome his life changing injury.



Welcome and Introductions

Hal Willson, Esq., Willson, Jones, Carter & Baxley, PA, Greenville, SC


Compensable Injuries

Derrick Williams, Esq., Mickle & Bass, LLC, Columbia, SC

  • What qualifies as a compensable injury by accident

  • Repetitive trauma claims

  • Mental/Mental claims

  • Occupational disease claims


Benefits Provided by the Workers' Comp System

Shannon Poteat, Esq., Robinson Gray Stepp & Laffitte, LLC, Columbia, SC

Medical Benefits

  • What treatment must be provided/choice of physician

  • Medical Care after MMI/Lifetime Care

  • Obtaining medical records and communication with heathcare provider

Temporary Benefits

  • Determing AWW/CR

  • TTD

  • TPD

Permanent Disability Benefits

  • PPD

  • Wage Loss

  • Permanent & Total disability

  • Lifetime Benefits



Defenses to Claims

Candy Hindersman, Esq., Willson, Jones, Carter & Baxley, PA, Columbia, SC

  • Statute of limitations

  • No notice to employer

  • Intoxication/willfulness

  • Fraud in the application for employment

  • Going and coming rule

  • Not a compensable injury (denied case)


Starting and Stopping Temporary Total/Partial Benefits

  • Starting TTD (Form 15)

  • Stopping TTD within 150 days from date of notice of injury

  • Stopping TTD after 150 days


Closing Claims

Michelle Yarbrough, Esq., Gallivan White Boyd, PA, Greenville, SC

Informal Conference Process

  • Form 16A and its effects

  • Process if not agreement reached

Hearing Process

  • Award

  • Appeal Process

  • Change of condition rights

Agreement & Final Release / Clincher Agreements

  • Represented claimants

  • Unrepresented claimants


SC Workers' Compensation Forms

Ashley Kirkham, Esq., Collins & Lacy, PC, Columbia, SC

How the Experience Modification Rate is Determined for a Business?

Kirk Adair, Premium Auditor, APA, SC State Accident Fund, Columbia, SC

Advice from the Commissioners

Commissioners from the South Carolina Workers' Compensation Commission

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