SMDA partner Patrick Derkacz recently attended the America Conference Institute’s Long Term Disability Insurance Seminar in New York City. The two day conference was attended by some of the top practitioners in the Long Term Disability Insurance Arena.

The conference agenda included many cutting edge topics including:

Discovery Scope & Limitations “360”: Key Strategies to Make Discovery Useful and Meaningful to Your Case and How to Tailor and Narrow Broad Requests
Innovative Pre-Trial Strategies for Disability Insurance Claims: Settlement, Mediation, Attorney’s Fees and More
The Current Role of the IME’s Evaluation‚ the Treating Physician’s Opinion‚ the FCE‚ and Medical Records in the Disability Claims Process
The Restrictions and Limitations Between the Own Occupation and the Any Occupation Standard
Subjective Disorders: Presenting Objective Proof for Fibromyalgia‚ Chronic Fatigue Syndrome‚ Chronic Pain and Mental Illness
Deferential or De Novo Standard of Review: How to Determine What the Plan Affords
Non-ERISA: An In Depth Look at the Emerging Topics in IDI and LTD Claims
Calculating Offsets and Identifying When to Seek Refund of Overpayment
Attending this conference provides the opportunity to discuss with other practitioners the latest trends in ERISA and private Long Term Disability claims as well as a chance to network with both Plaintiff and Insurance representatives.