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.

11:30 am – 12:00 pm

Visit Virtual Exhibits

Participating in our online game for a chance to win one of six VISA gift cards.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Break

10:30 am – 10:45 pm

Welcome and Introductions

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


Overview of the SC Workers' Compensation Commission

Gene McCaskill, Commissioner, SC Workers’ Compensation Commission, Columbia, SC


10:45 am - 11:30 am

Compensable Injuries

Dewana Looper, Esq., Atkins Law Firm, Columbia, SC

  • What qualifies as a compensable injury by accident

  • Repetitive trauma claims

  • Mental/Mental claims

  • Occupational disease claims

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Benefits Provided by the Workers’ Comp System

​Jason Lockhart, Esq., McAngus Goudelock & Courie 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 healthcare provider (§ 42-15-95)

  • Temporary benefits

    • Determining AWW/CR

    • TTD

    • TPD

  • Permanent Disability benefits

    • PPD

    • Wage Loss

    • Permanent & Total

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Defenses to Claims

​Ian Gohean, Esq., Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, PA, Greenville, 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)

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Starting and stopping temporary total/partial benefits

Ian Gohean, Esq., Willson Jones Carter & Baxley, PA, Greenville, SC

  • Starting TTD (Form 15)

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

  • Stopping TTD after 150 days

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Networking Break

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Closing claims

Barrett Burley, Esq., Holder Padgett Littlejohn + Prickett, LLC, Columbia, SC

  • Informal conference process

    • Form 16A and its effects

    • Process if no agreement reached

  • Hearing process

    • Award

    • Appeal process

    • Change of condition rights

  • Agreement & Final Release/Clincher Agreements

    • Represented claimants

    • Unrepresented claimants

    • Medical Only Claims

4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

How the Experience Modification Rate is Determined for a Business?

Kirk AdairPremium Auditor, APASC State Accident Fund, Columbia, SC

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Wrap Up

  • Unanswered questions


  • Evaluations

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2019 Workers' Comp Academy Schedule

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