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March 19

Chapter Meeting - Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Next Door by Wegmans

3220 Monroe Avenue

Rochester, NY 14618

(585) 249-4575



8:30am – 9:00am                             Registration  

9:00am – 9:15am                             Chapter Business Meeting & Legislative Updates

9:15am – 9:30 am                            Break

9:30am – 11:00am                           Presentation

11:00 – 11:15am                              Break

11:15am – 1:00pm                          Lunch and Networking 



Best Practices for Denying and Defending Questionable Workers’ Compensation Claims

Employers and carriers face an uphill battle from the start in denied workers’ compensation claims due to the presumption of compensability. However, an early and thorough investigation can help swing the odds in your favor. Through this presentation, you will learn best practices for denying workers’ compensation claims, including general bases for denials, the importance of concrete evidence, what information should be included in accident/incident reports, who would make the best witness(es), the benefits of a potential early settlement, the appeals process, and more.

Often, workers’ compensation claims are denied based on questionable credibility. While diminished credibility may help, it is rarely enough, by itself, to secure a denial from the Workers’ Compensation Board. This presentation will focus on how you can obtain the evidence needed to defend a claim, with some real-life examples of successfully denied claims. After the presentation, we hope you will see that early involvement by all parties (including your claims examiner and defense counsel) and information gathering/sharing are critical to a successful denial.

Presented by: Brian D. Schaedler, Esq.– Hamberger & Weiss, LLP

Mr. Schaedler focuses his practice on defending employers, insurance carriers, and third party claims administrators before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board.  He has attended thousands of hearings and depositions in workers’ compensation matters, with an eye toward early exit strategies and mitigation of risk. Before joining Hamberger & Weiss, he clerked in a law firm which specialized in defending insurance companies and municipalities in personal injury cases and family law practice.  While in law school, Mr. Schaedler clerked for the Honorable Sharon M. Lovallo of the Erie County Family Court and Legal Services for the Elderly, Disabled and Disadvantaged of WNY.

Mr. Schaedler is a member of the New York State Bar Association.  He is an ardent supporter of the Buffalo Bills and Sabres.  He spends much of his free time at the gym, playing sports, or catching up on the latest sports news.


  • Active Member: Covered by the Chapter
  • Non-Members: $55
  • 50% Off Guest Promo: $27.50** Exclusions apply 
    • Guests must be new to Upstate RIMS and currently involved in a risk management or claims profession to qualify for this promotion 
    • If you meet the requirements, please email Anne Askloff at with the following information: 
      • First and last name
      • Email address
      • Company name 
      • Name of person who referred you 


  • Cash – Bring on date of event
  • Credit via Paypal
  • Check payable to “RIMS Upstate NY Chapter”

– Bring on date of event or send to:

Attn: Annette Maldonado

Rich Products Corporation

1 Robert Rich Way

Buffalo, NY 14213


If you need to cancel your registration, a mandatory email must be sent to the Chapter Secretary by 5:00pm on the Friday preceding the meeting. Late cancellations will be charged the non-member fee for lunch.

Please note: Your registration includes lunch. If you do not plan on staying for the meal, please contact the Chapter Secretary. Help save your chapter money!

If you have any further questions, please contact the Chapter Secretary, Vicki Froman at (716) 878-8894 or