Workers' compensation seminar to be held Nov. 3

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McLeod Occupational Health and McAngus Goudelock & Courie Law Firm will host a workers' compensation seminar from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3, at McLeod Health Clarendon, 10 E. Hospital St., Manning, according to a news release.

This free seminar will include: an overview of the South Carolina Workers' Compensation System, what employers should know from a commissioner's perspective, what employers should know from a physician's perspective, how to prepare for a deposition and how onsite health clinics impact the bottomline. Presenters are Walt Barefoot and J. Brandon Hylton of MGC; T. Scott Beck, chairman of the S.C. Workers Compensation Commission; Dr. Lawrence Conley of McLeod Orthopaedics Clarendon; and Dr. Jeniqua Duncan, associate vice president of McLeod Occupational Health.

The purpose of the seminar is to educate and inform business leaders and occupational health personnel about the latest trends in workers' compensation injury management and legislation, the release said.

Octavia Williams-Blake, vice president of workplace health and safety for McLeod Health, has more than 15 years of experience in workers' compensation. When she began working with McLeod Occupational Health, Williams-Blake saw a need to provide education to the business partners on these issues.

"I attended a workers' compensation seminar in Charlotte 11 years ago and came away with a desire to bring this to our industry leaders," Williams-Blake said. "Many employers in our region honor us by choosing McLeod to care for their injured workers. Bringing this high-quality offering, free of charge, to the region is one way to show our thanks and appreciation."

Barefoot and Hylton readily committed to the vision of hosting a seminar for local business and industry leaders. McLeod Occupational Health and MGC both agree that education is key to understanding workers' compensation, according to the release.

"While most workers' compensation seminars are directed toward lawyers or insurance representatives, this seminar focuses on the employer," Hylton said. "Over the years, we have had doctors, physical therapists, investigators, insurance adjusters, commissioners and even a claimant's attorney discuss the impact an employer has on a workers' compensation claim. We hope to continue to provide informative workers' compensation seminars for another 10 years and beyond."

Barefoot said workers' compensation laws are not always what people think they are.

"These seminars allow us to reach out to the employer community and provide education on the law," he said. "It also gives us the opportunity to share with employers some ideas on the best practices for handling workers' compensation."

For more information, contact Jessica Brown with McLeod Occupational Health at (843) 777-5736 or jebrown@mcleodhealth.org.