Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs
By: Steven Babitsky, Esq.

Employers, insurers and self-insurers are constantly looking for ways to reduce Workers’ Compensation Costs. One of the key decisions they make is the selection of a workers’ compensation attorney.

The criteria worker’s compensation professionals should consider are:

  • Is counsel a problem solver who recommends the most cost-effective solutions benefit the client?
  • What is his/her workers’ compensation experience and reputation with the workers’ compensation judges? If counsel lacks credibility with the judges he/she will lose cases that can be won by more respected counsel.
  • What education does counsel and does counsel keep current with the latest developments in workers’ compensation and occupational medicine?
  • Is counsel a certified Workers’ compensation specialist?
  • What is the reputation of the lawyer and her firm? Law firms who try every case and never settle. Even loser cases are not well respected by the workers’ compensation judges.

Attorney H. Doug Jones will be presenting Critical Mass in Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs – Occupational Health Care Professionals at the SEAK 33rd Annual National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference to be held on July16-18, 2013 on Cape Cod, MA.

Attorney Jones will go beyond the traditional defenses and provide advances strategies to demonstrate the critical role occupational health professional’s play.  He will explain the interaction between the employer, carrier and TPA (third party administrator), defense counsel, the workers’ attorney, treating physicians, IME physicians, vocational rehabilitation experts, and the adjudicator.  Attorney Jones will discuss strategies and a defense “team” approach that will significantly reduce workers’ compensation liability.

H. Douglas Jones, Esq., is the Member-in-Charge of the law firm Jones Howard Law, PLLC with offices in Florence, Lexington and Louisville, Kentucky.  He provides state-wide representation of employers, TPA’s and carriers in workers’ compensation and related matters.  He received his BA from the University of Kentucky in Journalism and his JD from Northern Kentucky University – Salmon P. Chase College of Law, where he also taught a course in workers’ compensation law.  Attorney Jones has written extensively and lectured both nationally and internationally on all aspects of workers’ compensation law.  He was selected as a member of The Best Lawyers in America and Best Kentucky Lawyers.  He is co-author of three editions of Workers’ Compensation in Kentucky.  He was selected as a Fellow in the ABA College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers.  Attorney Jones has served on the Board of Directors of the National Workers’ Compensation Defense Network (

For additional information about the SEAK National Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Medicine Conference click here.

Steven Babitsky is the conference leader.