Workers’ Compensation: By the Numbers – A10

The Workplace Track
Workers’ Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Section

Session A: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

This seminar will provide an overview of key calculations that all Workers’ Compensation practitioners should know. 

You will learn how to calculate:

  • The average weekly wage and basic compensation rate for teachers, non-social security employees, voluntary firefighters, and minors
  • The occupational disease average weekly wage under 31-310c
  • The average weekly wage when there is concurrent employment
  • Temporary partial wage differential benefits
  • The replapse rate under 31-307b
  • Cost-of-living adjustments
  • Interest


Francis “Bud” X. Drapeau, Leighton Katz and Drapeau, Vernon

Attorney Drapeau is a partner in the firm of Leighton, Katz & Drapeau with a principal office in Vernon.

His practice consists primarily of representing claimants in the workers’ compensation forum and on appeal. Attorney Drapeau is a Board Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist. He has lectured on various workers’ compensation topics for both the Connecticut Bar Association and the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Drapeau received his B.A. degree from Fairfield University and his Juris Doctorate from Western New England College School of Law.

He was admitted to practice in the State of Connecticut in 1991.

He has been a contributor in both the Practice Tips and Point-Counterpoint sections of the Compensation Quarterly.

He is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Tolland County Bar Association of which he is past President. He currently sits on the both the Executive Committee of the Workers’ Compensation Section of the Connecticut Bar Association and the Examining Committee for Board Certification as a Workers’ Compensation Specialist. 


Tushar G. Shah, Montstream & May LLP, Glastonbury

Attorney Shah received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Bridgeport in 2004.  He then attended the Quinnipiac University School of Law and the Lender School of Business at Quinnipiac University and earned his Juris Doctor and Masters in Business Administration degrees in 2007.  Prior to joining Montstream & May, LLP, Attorney Shah was an Associate at Fazzano & Tomasiewicz, LLC for six years, a general practice firm where his practice focused on general civil litigation, workers’ compensation, criminal law, and family law.  Attorney Shah joined Montstream & May in 2014 as an associate where his practice involves mainly workers’ compensation.  He is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, American Bar Association and the South Asian Bar Association of Connecticut.  He is admitted to practice to the state bar of Connecticut, the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut and the United States Supreme Court.  He also currently serves as a Coach of the Quinnipiac University School of Law Mock Trial Team, and has taken leadership roles in the past with the CBA Young Lawyers Section including service as both Secretary and Treasurer of the section.


Nicole B. Gehen, Halloran & Sage LLP, Hartford

Nicole Gehen is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Practice Group at Halloran & Sage. Her practice focuses primarily on the defense of employers, insurance companies, and third party administrators in workers’ compensation claims.

Ms. Gehen addresses complex legal and medical workers’ compensation issues, and regularly advises clients with respect to both specific cases and general questions. She routinely appears before Workers’ Compensation Commissioners, advocating successfully on behalf of her clients.

Ms. Gehen earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2015. During law school she served as the Alumni Affairs Editor of the Connecticut Law Review as well as the Starr Chapter Justice of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. Ms. Gehen also volunteered with the Connecticut Truancy-Intervention Project. Prior to law school, she earned her B.S. in Diagnostic Genetic Sciences from the University of Connecticut.




CLE Credit: 1.5 hours (Skills)