A “Frolic and Detour” in Workers’ Compensation Case Law – B10

The Workplace Track
Workers’ Compensation Section and Young Lawyers Section

Session B: 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.

With our busy practices it can be difficult to find time to dig into some of the murkier issues which present themselves time and time again in workers’ compensation law. We will examine some of the seminal cases that have created the current legal landscape when it comes to these issues, and review some of the more recent Compensation Review Board (CRB) applications that impact claimants and respondents alike. We will focus on the critical importance of a comprehensive intake and case analysis process that will help to identify legal issues at the outset, as well as set reasonable expectations for the client. We will also discuss the benefits of being well-versed on these issues when it comes to answering client questions and meeting with potential clients. 

You Will Learn

  • How to critically analyze often litigated issues in workers’ compensation law, which will enable attendees to better advocate for their clients
  • How to apply appellate case law and more recent CRB decisions to common workers’ compensation law issues
  • The importance of having baseline knowledge of seminal workers’ compensation cases and their progeny when performing initial case analysis, client intakes, and answering general questions for existing or prospective clients


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


Michael R. Kerin, Kerin Law Offices PC, Milford

George F. O’Donnell, McGann Bartlett & Brown LLC, East Hartford


1.0 CLE Credit (CT: 1.0 General; NY: 1.0 AOP)