Workers' Comp Forum

Wednesday, April 26, 2023

9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Doubletree Hotel in Southcenter
16500 Southcenter Parkway, Seattle, WA 98188

Announcing the First-Ever Approach Workers’ Comp Forum!


Approach Management Services has assembled a team of industry experts to share latest information on workers’ compensation risk management.

The day includes breakfast, lunch and a few surprises – don’t miss this opportunity to learn from the best and connect with other risk managers from across the state.

This event is underwritten by Approach Management Services for our clients and invited guests.





8:00 am     Doors Open and Continental Breakfast Begins
9:00 am     Welcome and Introduction
9:15 am     Intersection of WA Paid Family Medical and Workers’ Compensation
10:15 am   Break (15 minutes)
10:30 am   Brass Tacks: Safety Culture and Accountability
11:15 am   5 Strategies to Effectively Manage Mental Health Diagnosis
11:45 am   Lunch (45 minutes)
12:30 pm   Functional Capacity Evaluation and the Utilization of Surveillance Video
1:30 pm     Documentation that Stands-up
2:00 pm     Closing



Intersection of WA Paid Family Medical and Workers’ Compensation

This session examines managing claims of employees on Paid Family Medical Leave as well as workers’ compensation disability and WA law against discrimination. You will also hear about latest developments on managing workers’ compensation in a remote work environment.




Charlotte Smith is Managing Attorney and Founding Member of Javelin Law. She advocates for employers on Workers’ Compensation, WISHA and Employment Law issues.


Brass Tacks: Safety Culture and Accountability

Cultivating accountability in the workplace includes setting goals and expectations, open lines of communication, and strong leadership. In this session, you will learn key points of building a strong foundation and what it takes to build your company’s culture of accountability.





Rhett Carpenter, owner of Safety Health and Environmental Services and frequent instructor at the University of Washington.


5 Strategies to Effectively Manage a Mental Health Diagnosis

Learn the strategies employers can take when faced with a mental health assessment. The information will cover the psychological impact of an injury, investigation to determine compensability, identifying and challenging scope of treatment, and supporting transition to return to work.




Jennifer Truong, Of Counsel, Ryan, Swanson & Cleveland, PLLC provides defense services for employers on Workers’ Compensation, WISHA and Employment Law issues.


Functional Capacity Evaluation and the Utilization of Surveillance Video

This session addresses 3 services proven to be scientifically effective in resolving complex cases: 1) utilization of surveillance video through objective biomechanical protocols to claimant activities; 2) Functional Capacity Evaluation (FCE) and 3) biomechanical analysis of clinical records.




Theodore Becker, PhD is a leading expert in biomechanical analysis of human performance. His work in this area has been the standard of objective evidence in US District Courts, Superior Courts and Administrative Boards.



Documentation that Stands-up

Proper documentation can be the difference between a positive or costly outcome. This session will focus on what to document, common sense mistakes, and how documents can help and hurt when legal disputes arise. You will learn the role effective documentation plays in valid job offer letters.



Brittney Rivers, Attorney, Ashbaugh Beal, focuses her practice on commercial litigation, with an emphasis on employment law and Litigation.

Vanessa Hughes, Vice-President of Claims of Approach Management Services, oversees the claims operations with an exceptional track record mitigating costs on complex, challenging claims.


Register before April 20th. This event is expected to be full; only serious RSVPs please.