Upcoming Webinar: 10 Tips for Reducing Workers’ Compensation Costs
Featuring Knell, O’Connor, Danielewicz
Thursday, June 8th, 2017
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Central Time
Rising workers’ compensation costs are among many employers’ greatest concerns, as large-dollar claims against companies—especially those who employ hourly, blue collar workers—continue to rise.
While the laws regarding workers’ compensation benefits vary from state to state, all but one state requires mandatory coverage for private employees. Generally, these mandatory benefits include medical bills, compensation for lost time from work, and permanency benefits for the residual effects of a work related injury. Interestingly, medical services provided on a workers’ compensation case are typically billed at a much higher rate than Medicare, state provided health coverage such as Medicaid, and even private group health insurance. Because of this and other factors, the cost of doing business has taken a significant toll on both the traditional “mom and pop” small employer and large corporations in certain states.
While workers’ compensation coverage is a necessary expense for businesses, there are also many indirect costs of on-the-job injuries and accidents, which go beyond your insurance costs. This may include training replacement employees, investigating claims, repairing damaged equipment and property, and implementing corrective measures. Plus, your business may lose productivity and be forced to deal with lower employee morale.
When it comes to lowering your losses and reducing the total cost of risk, many businesses don’t know where to start. Join EPAY Systems and Knell, O’Connor, Danielewicz for an upcoming webinar as we explore 10 ways to reduce workers’ compensation costs.
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About the Speakers
Bradley C. Knell
Equity Principal, Knell, O’Connor, Danielewicz
Bradley C. Knell is admitted to the Illinois State Bar and the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He graduated from Eastern Illinois University (B.A., 1984) and Ohio Northern University (J.D., 1987). Currently an Equity Principal with the firm of Knell O’Connor Danielewicz, Mr. Knell has specialized in Workers’ Compensation and Civil Litigation. Mr. Knell has tried and supervised more than 150 Workers’ Compensation cases at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission. He also handles Insurance Fraud, 1(b) Employer’s Liability and Employment matters. Mr. Knell has led and spoken at many seminars concerning Workers’ Compensation, Insurance Fraud and Employment matters. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Trial Attorney Association.
Nicole V. Russo
Principal, Knell, O’Connor, Danielewicz
Nicole V. Russo recently re-joined the firm as Principal in August 2016, and has been practicing workers’ compensation defense her entire legal career. She is a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law and was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 2005. Nicole has tried more than 40 cases at the Arbitration, Commission, and Circuit Court levels, and has defended a victory decision on appeal in the Second District Appellate Court.
Nicole was honored as an Emerging Lawyer, selected by Illinois Leading Lawyers in 2017, 2016 and 2015. This distinction is awarded to the top 2% of lawyers under 40 years old. Nicole has also participated in client presentations where she spoke on the topic of “managing difficult clients” and “effective use of prior awards and injuries in defending a claim.”