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 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.

  • Episode 16: Defend From Day One

    May 18th, 2018  |  26 mins 45 secs
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    Host Christian Sison comes to you live and without any guests for the first time in the show’s history. The topic is #DefendFromDay1, and the show focuses on how the movement began, how it can be currently implemented, and how we can use it for the future.

    Within the construct of #DFD1, Christian reviews a recent Appellate Division case involving conflicting medical testimony on the causal relationship of a requested surgery. In analyzing the Court’s decision, it becomes clear that #DFD1 strategies would have best been used to procure an IME report much sooner and with the benefit of the pre-accident records. As to the future, Christian projects an interesting possibility as to how the Board may use medical records and testimony, in light of its recent trend towards efficiency and expediency.

  • Episode 15: State of the Virtual Hearing

    April 20th, 2018  |  31 mins 13 secs
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    "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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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!