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Work-Related Stress Claims: Overview, the Law and Strategies for Defense

Learn how you can protect yourself from workplace stress claims.

In recent years, work-related stress claims have been one of the fastest growing segments of the workers' compensation system. Employers continue to receive an increasing number of occupationally induced stress claims from their employees. This epidemic has caused an upward spiral in insurance costs to investigate, defend and prevent these claims. This topic will address many of the difficult issues that arise when handling a work-related stress claim such as legal burdens of proof, various types of stress claims and available benefits, and will provide an overview of this epidemic while assisting workers' compensation in handling the defense of these claims to reduce or eliminate costs.

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Agenda

Stress Epidemic

  • Work-Related Stress Claim Statistics
  • Costs of Stress in the Workplace

Legal Burdens of Proof

  • Physical Stress Injuries
  • Emotional/Mental Stress Injuries
  • Mental/Mental Stress Injuries
  • Abnormal Working Conditions
  • Various State Burdens of Proof for Occupational Stress Claims

Medical Evidence

  • Discussion of Retaining an Expert
  • Providing Expert With Factual Background
  • Records and Information for Assessment
  • Existence of Causal Relationship of Alleged Stress and Employment

Contested Types of Work-Related Stress Claims

  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Panic Attacks and Anxiety Disorders
  • Bipolar Disorder or Clinical Depression
  • Stress-Related Cognitive Impairment

Types of Workers' Compensation Benefits

  • Medical Treatment
  • Temporary Disability Benefits
  • Permanent Disability Benefits

Defense of Stress Claims by Employers

  • Factual Investigation, Recordkeeping and Personnel File
  • Performance Problems or Personality Differences
  • Index (CIB) Search for Other Claims
  • Motivational or Misbehavior Issues
  • Reasonable Accommodations and Prevention
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This course was last revised on February 26, 2019.

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This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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Zachary M. Rubinich

Zachary M. Rubinich

Rawle & Henderson LLP

  • Partner in the Philadelphia office of Rawle & Henderson LLP with over twenty years of experience in the field of workers’ compensation
  • Defends and counsels a variety of businesses, insurers and third-party administrators against workers’ compensation claims in Pennsylvania; assists his clients to identify ways to control rising workers’ compensation costs without litigation
  • Based on his extensive experience, he has been certified as a Workers’ Compensation Law Specialist by the Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • During his career, he has handled all aspects of litigation before workers’ compensation judges, the Workers’ Compensation Appeal Board, the Commonwealth Court, and the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania; he also seeks to recover funds already paid for his clients through both subrogation and the Pennsylvania Supersedeas Fund
  • Proactive in keeping his clients informed about changes in the law and routinely advises employers, carriers and adjusting companies on claims management strategy, workplace safety, return-to-work programs, employment practices, risk management issues and case law updates
  • Has been appointed to the following American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice (TIPS) leadership positions: vice-chair of the Litigation and Trial Practice Committee; vice-chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee; member of the Ethics and Professionalism Standing Committee; member of Scope & Correlation; and member of the CLE Board Committee; these appointments became effective in September 2020
  • Past chair of the ABA TIPS Workers’ Compensation and Employers’ Liability Law Committee from 2018-2019; has also served as vice-chair of the Workers’ Compensation committee from 2015 through the present; has served as vice-chair of American Bar Association Standing Committee for Diversity and Inclusion from 2017 to the present
  • Has achieved the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory for the eighth consecutive year in 2020; has been selected as a 2019 and 2020 Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers; was selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2010 to 2014; selected as an International Advisory Experts (IAE) Award recipient in 2019 for his accomplishments as a workers’ compensation attorney in Pennsylvania; selected as a Fellow of the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Class of 2020, The College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers was established to honor attorneys across the United States who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers’ compensation
  • J.D. degree, Widener University Commonwealth Law School; B.A. degree in political science and government, Lycoming College
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Published 2019
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