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Law Offices of Barry Sooalo ------------------------- Attorney at Law

Workers' Compensation
Paralegal Duties for Individual Practiced Areas
Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)
Asbestos Litigation
Contract Administration
Domestic Relations/Family Law
Employee Benefits
Intellectual Property
Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice/Product Liability
Probate and Estate Administration
Public Benefits
Real Property
Securities/Municipal Bonds
Workers' Compensation

Workers' Compensation

* Draft and file applications, appeals, bills, letters, affidavits, and motions with Industrial Accident Board (IAB) or Bureau of Workers' Compensation (BWC).

* Review IAB/BWC files to obtain all information concerning claim.

* Work with client/employer's actuaries in exercising cost control measures.

* Correspond with client, physicians and employers about hearing dates, status of claim(s), and so forth.

* Monitor utilization review practices.

* Research claim options; research third-party actions.

* As necessary and appropriate, conduct medical research.

* Review procedures for taking case into litigation.

* Interpret disability schedules and medical treatment parameters.

* Obtain, review, and maintain information about various legislative and administrative law changes.

* Perform legal research and assess case law parallels within workers' compensation that have to do with similar injuries or employers.

* Investigate claims and interview claimant co-workers and/or witnesses.

* Obtain, review, and analyze claimant's medical records.

* Calculate average weekly wages and benefits.

* Pursuant to local, state, or federal authority, attend administrative hearings.

* If appropriate, coordinate arrangements for independent medical examination.

* Coordinate information and communications among client/employer, physician, insurance adjusters, rehabilitation specialists and expert witnesses.

Note - Some of the information contained in the Litigation and Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice/Product Liability sections of this publication also includes work performed in the Workers Compensation specialty area.

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Providing legal services in civil and criminal matters in Honolulu and throughout the Pacific.