Third Fridays

Episode Archive

Episode Archive

47 episodes of Third Fridays since the first episode, which aired on December 16th, 2016.

  • Episode 15: State of the Virtual Hearing

    April 20th, 2018  |  31 mins 13 secs
    #dfd1, christian sison, defend from day 1, defend from day one, lois law firm llc, new jersey law, new york law, podcast, third fridays, workers' compensation

    "Virtual Hearings" have been a real thing in New York Workers’ Compensation for almost 6 months now. What works and what doesn’t work? Does it help or hurt employers and carriers? Host Christian Sison invites attorney Declan Gourley to the podcast for a brief discussion regarding their experiences with New York State’s interesting new technology. The two of them debate over whether this is ultimately good or bad for all parties involved. They also predict what the Virtual Hearing world will look like, one year from now.

  • Episode 14: Third Department Review

    March 16th, 2018  |  31 mins 34 secs
    appeals, lois law firm, new york, third department, third friday, workers' compensation

    Christian Sison and guest Timothy Kane review five Third Department decisions that were issued last month. Claimants in these cases alleged neck injuries after decelerating 5 miles per hour in a truck, alleged being smashed like a jelly donut by an elevator, and alleged eye injuries due to pepper spray in a prison. This is real life. These people are real, apparently!

    Christian and Tim discuss these cases and note the difficulty in having the Board’s decisions overturned or reversed. All five of the Third Department cases affirmed the Board’s rulings. This fostered dialogue between Christian and Tim regarding when to go to the Third Department and how we should be proactive at the Board level.

  • Episode 13: Defending Specific Accident Claims

    February 16th, 2018  |  27 mins 44 secs
    accident claims, christian sison, lois law firm llc, tashia rasul

    Today's topic: defending specific, traumatic losses. Who was the claimant working with? Who was the claimant's supervisor? What accident reporting or investigation is available? Investigating accidents, working with risk professionals, and preparing the defense.

  • Episode 12: Litigations Waivers, Assumption of Risk, and the General-Special Employee

    January 19th, 2018  |  23 mins 16 secs
    assumption of risk, vitale v. schering plough, waivers

    Discussion following up on the Appellate Division and Supreme Court's decision in Vitale v. Schering Plough containing an analysis of contracts of employment where an employee waives the right to pursue damages when injured by the acts of the employer's client or customer. Host Christian Sison welcomes returning guest Christopher Major to the latest episode of Third Fridays.

  • Episode 11: Scheduled Loss of Use Guidelines in New York

    December 15th, 2017  |  27 mins 5 secs
    defend from day one, dfd1, new york, scheduled loss of use, third fridays

    Host Christian Sison welcomes guest attorney Declan Gourley to this episode of Third Fridays to discuss the draft Schedule Loss of Use Guidelines coming into New York workers' compensation cases in January 2018. The attorneys discuss the first draft Guidelines issued in September 2017, the process whereby claimant's attorneys persuaded the Board to roll back the improvements, and the final draft version of the proposed Guidelines promulgated in November 2017. The attorneys discuss the likely impact of the draft Guidelines and what to do when they become effective in January 2018.

  • Episode 10: Loss Transfer in New York: Third Fridays Podcast

    November 17th, 2017  |  23 mins 54 secs
    #dfd1, article 51 of the new york insurance law, new york workers' compensation law section 29

    Discussion of New York's No Fault Insurance Law (Article 51) and Workers' Compensation Law Section 29 liens in New York. Host Christian Sison welcomes returning guest Christopher Major to the latest episode of Third Fridays to discuss the interplay between the carve out of reimbursement and when it applies in New York workers' compensation cases. This episode is a must-listen for subrogation specialists, carrier risk professionals, and New York attorneys handling motor vehicle and workers' compensation cases in New York.

  • Episode 9: Contractors, Staffing Agencies, and Waivers

    October 20th, 2017  |  29 mins 14 secs
    third-party lawsuit waivers, vitale v. schering plough corp., workers compensation

    An important case involving special employment, liability waivers, and contractors is headed to the New Jersey Supreme Court. Christian Sison welcomes Christopher Major to the latest episode of Third Fridays to discuss the ramifications of this case. Can an employer contract with a willing employee to waive liability of its customers? Christian and Chris try to predict the Supreme Court’s next move!

  • Episode 8: Cross-State Issues in Jurisdiction

    September 15th, 2017  |  18 mins 13 secs
    #defendfromdayone, lois llc, third fridays

    Host Christian Sison is joined by attorney Joe Jones to discuss a New Jersey Supreme Court case concerning cross-state jurisdiction.

  • Episode 7: Labor Market Attachment

    June 16th, 2017  |  20 mins 6 secs
    #defendfromdayone, lois llc, third fridays

    The defense of "Labor Market Attachment" in New York workers' compensation cases. Attorney Declan Gourley joins host Christian Sison in a discussion of the defense.

  • Episode 6: Employer's Perspective

    May 19th, 2017  |  25 mins 48 secs
    #defendfromdayone, lois llc, third fridays

    In this episode, Christian Sison welcomes the employer's perspective to the Third Fridays podcast. Christopher Lahey, a Senior Supervising Engineer from National Grid, starts a discussion about the issues involved when investigating alleged work accidents. Christopher talks about the types of injuries sustained by National Grid employees, and how the company puts its employees in the best position to return to full duty work.

    Christian and Christopher engage each other in a debate involving the risk to an employer when an employee reports work accidents in an untimely manner. This is juxtaposed with the need to fulfill productivity goals upon which the employee is judged. The two also discuss safety measures that National Grid uses in order to meet accident and claim prevention goals.

    Finally, Christopher takes his turn at the show's "Guess the Outcome" segment, which is tailored directly to Christopher's expertise in reporting work-related accidents. Download this episode to get a first-hand look at how an employer deals with various issues in Workers' Compensation!

  • Episode 5: Permanency

    April 21st, 2017  |  33 mins 57 secs
    christian sison, joseph jones, lois llc, third fridays

    Today's topic is permanent residual disability. Attorney Joe Jones joins moderator Christian Sison in discussing this topic.

  • Episode 4: Claim Fraud

    March 17th, 2017  |  17 mins 51 secs
    christian sison, fraud, lois llc, new york, third fridays, usra hussain, workers' compensation

    Today's topic is fraud. Christian Sison welcomes Usra Hussain to the show to discuss fighting fraud in New York workers' compensation claims. Can employers prove that claimants "knowingly" violate Section 114-a? Is it always beneficial to raise fraud at the outset of a claim? The episode ends with Usra taking her turn at Guess the Outcome!

  • Episode 3: The Claimant Attorney Perspective

    February 17th, 2017  |  23 mins 28 secs
    claimant, lois llc, new york workers' compensation

    Christian Sison welcomes guest attorney, Timothy Kane, to the third Episode of the podcast. Christian and Tim discuss Tim’s prior role as a claimant’s attorney, and how that has helped him to be a zealous advocate for employers. The two of them then talk about using that information to stress aggressive investigation into claims, in preparation for litigation of several issues. After Tim plays “Guess the Outcome,” he and Christian conceptualize the difficulty of rebutting the presumption afforded to claimants pursuant to Section 21 of the New York Workers’ Compensation Law.

  • Episode 2: Wrap Up Policies

    January 20th, 2017  |  24 mins 55 secs
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    Host Christian Sison and Attorney Tashia Rasul discuss owner-controlled insurance policies in the context of workers' compensation claims.

  • Episode 1: Opioids

    December 16th, 2016  |  16 mins 38 secs

    Christian Sison hosts the premiere episode of Third Fridays!