Third Fridays

"Third Fridays" is a legal talk show featuring moderator Christian Sison.

About the show

"Third Fridays" is a live, 30-minute legal talk show from Lois LLC featuring moderator Christian Sison. It is the original forum in which real attorneys discuss workers' compensation issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations.

The goal of the show is to showcase the diverse perspectives of the attorneys handling workers' compensation cases. Attorneys discuss case law trends, practical litigation strategies, and hot topics.

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Episodes

  • Episode 32: Scheduled Loss of Use in New York Update

    October 18th, 2019  |  27 mins 7 secs
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    On October 4th, the New York Workers’ Compensation Board issued a Subject Number that addressed the age-old decision of how we close cases when schedule and non-schedule body parts are established. Host Christian Sison recaps where we were when the landmark 2018 Appellate Division case of Taher v Yiota Taxi was decided. The ensuing chaos that enveloped even the most experienced practitioners resulted in unreliable decisions across the State. Christian discusses the significance of the new Schedule Loss of Use “Attachment,” to give feedback on how a closure of the case can be decided with less risk of the unknown

  • Episode 31: Attorney Development Programs

    September 20th, 2019  |  37 mins 11 secs
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    Christian Sison is joined by his co-chair, Joseph Melchionne, of the 2019 Mock Trial Program at LOIS. The final event of the Program involved the recording of a podcast episode for 3 sets of finalists. The winning podcast involved Attorney Christopher Major and Paralegal Monica Shea. The 4-member panel go through an oral argument on appeal, answer some Mock Trial trivia questions, and give some feedback as to how the 2020 Program can continue to improve. The discussion emphasizes the broad Training Program at LOIS that is designed to provide maximum value to employers across the States of New York and New Jersey.

  • Episode 30: Defending Mental Stress Claims in New York

    August 16th, 2019  |  19 mins 45 secs
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    Host Christian Sison welcomes attorney Declan Gourley back to the podcast to discuss mental stress claims under the New York Workers' Compensation law. The attorneys discuss the standard for causally-related and compensable stress in New York, strategies for defending the cases, and provide practical examples.

  • Episode 29: Appellate Practice in New York Workers' Compensation Cases

    July 19th, 2019  |  13 mins 34 secs
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    Attorney Christian Sison welcomes Eric Kuperman and John McGordy of Printing House Press to discuss strategic, tactical, and practical aspects of filing appeals in worker's compensation cases before New York's 3rd Department.

  • Episode 28: The Going-and-Coming Rule: Recent Case Developments

    June 21st, 2019  |  14 mins 26 secs
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    Host Attorney Christian Sison discusses recent case law developments relating to the "going and coming" defense of off-premises injuries before the New York Workers' Compensation Board.

  • Episode 27: The Expedited Hearing in New York Cases

    May 17th, 2019  |  31 mins 14 secs
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    Host Christian Sison is joined by guest attorney Greg Lois to discuss challenges in defending controverted claims given the "rocket docket" calendar in New York Workers' Compensation proceedings.

  • Episode 26: Defending Complex Employment Claims Involving Independent Contractors and Lent Employees

    April 19th, 2019  |  29 mins 15 secs
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    Host Christian Sison welcomes attorney Greg Lois to the Third Friday podcast to discuss problem issues in dual-employment claims, where lent or borrowed employees bring claims for worker's compensation benefits against two employers.

  • Episode 25: Defending Construction Dual Jurisdiction Claims From Day One

    March 15th, 2019  |  29 mins 58 secs
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    Host Christian Sison welcomes his law partner attorney Tashia Rasul to the show in advance of her well-anticipated speaking engaged at the annual Claims and Litigation Management conference in Orlando. The two discuss the difference between reporting accident claims and reporting compensability decisions to the WCB. This was then applied to how LOIS specifically defends construction claims, with the help of Tashia’s Construction Practice Team.

  • Episode 24: Board Panel Appeals Notes from the Field in New York

    February 15th, 2019  |  21 mins 58 secs
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    Host Christian Sison is joined by special guest Amy Figueroa and attorney Jeremy Janis for a wide-ranging discussion on the state of board panel appeals in New York.

  • Episode 23: Medicare Set Asides

    January 18th, 2019  |  20 mins 39 secs
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    Attorney Declan Gourley joins host Christian Sison to discuss Medicare Set Asides in workers' compensation claims. The attorneys discuss an interesting issue arising from air ambulance services and fee schedules.

  • Episode 22: LWEC Plus SLU: Evaluating Exposure in New York Workers' Compensation Cases

    November 16th, 2018  |  27 mins 34 secs
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    Back in July, Andrea Abudayeh joined Christian Sison on the podcast to discuss the game-changing court case Taher v. Yiota Taxi decided by the Appellate Division. Now that Judges have implemented the Taher concepts at the trial level for the past four months, did Andrea and Christian get it right with their predictions? The attorneys also discuss the news that Jamaica hearing point is now going virtual on December 1, 2018.

  • Episode 21: Tactical and Practical Use of Independent Medical Exams in New York

    October 19th, 2018  |  15 mins 56 secs
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    Attorney Christian Sison and Attorney Joseph Melchionne discuss the practical and the tactical use of Independent Medical Evaluations (IMEs) in New York Workers' Compensation cases from a defense standpoint.

  • Episode 20: Investigating Date of Contracture in New York

    September 21st, 2018  |  22 mins 21 secs
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    An interesting New York Board Panel Decision is discovered by Timothy Kane who joins host Christian Sison for his 2nd guest appearance on the podcast. Apportionment and date of contracture become ripe issues when an established occupational disease claim reaches permanency. Does the Board Panel Decision create guidance that could result in more accurate exposure analysis? Can this be used by carriers and self-insureds to close cases faster? Listen in to this discussion.

  • Episode 19: Review of Appeals in New York Workers' Compensation Cases

    August 17th, 2018  |  22 mins 26 secs
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    Attorney Jeremy Janis joins Christian Sison to discuss the "grey area" argument in a recent case involving traumatic injury in a New York workers' compensation case and the resulting appeal in light of the new scrutiny placed by the Board on cover sheets.

  • Episode 18: The Impact of the Taher v. Yiota Taxis Decision

    July 20th, 2018  |  14 mins 17 secs
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    After last month’s episode discussed a favorable Board Panel Decision to employers and carriers, life at the Workers’ Compensation Board resumes normal claimant-friendly activity with the recent Third Department decision in Taher v. Yiota Taxi. Andrea Abudayeh joins Christian Sison to discuss how the Taher decision impacts permanency cases involving established schedule and non-schedule sites. How can we best defend cases in a post-Taher world, and how are Judges applying this case going forward?

  • Episode 17: Winning Trials Involving Lunchtime Accident - #DFD1

    June 15th, 2018  |  30 mins 48 secs
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    Christian Sison reveals a favorable Board Panel Decision and invites Joseph Melchionne to the podcast to analyze the case. Joseph, the trial attorney responsible for securing a key win for the firm’s client, recaps how all parties worked together to reach the common goal. Christian and Joseph detail the exact #DefendFromDay1 strategies that were used to maintain and reinforce the defense to compensability.