Employers today face the prospect of ever-increasing workers' compensation premium and benefit payments. They must be prepared to handle claims grounded on every conceivable theory. Martin & Seibert, L.C. has a specialized practice aimed at preventing workers' compensation problems before they develop and in achieving the best possible result where litigation is unavoidable. Unlike many other law firms, we treat workers' compensation as a specialized area of the law, separate and apart from other work that the firm may be performing for the client. Martin & Seibert, L.C. takes a risk- management approach in counseling clients on matters relating to workplace disputes or problems, and provides day-to-day advice and services designed to reduce costs and eliminate conflicts wherever possible. We advise clients on such issues as medical, temporary total, permanent partial and permanent total disability benefits, vocational rehabilitation, benefit and premium rates, investigations and pre- employment and return-to-work physicals. 

Martin & Seibert, L.C.'s attorneys have the medical background essential for the analysis and litigation of workers' compensation claims and are trained to handle the full spectrum of claims arising from: occupational injury, disease, pneumoconiosis, hearing loss, vocational rehabilitation, and mental and sexual harassment. Martin & Seibert, L.C. maintains a solid working relationship with the medical community for expert witness and consultation purposes. 

Through advanced planning, our attorneys can assist management in avoiding charges of discrimination and wrongful discharge.  Personnel policies and procedures are carefully drafted and reviewed. We have experience in working with clients to develop effective workforce analyses and performance evaluation systems as a defense mechanism against discrimination claims arising out of reductions in force or discharges for cause.

Our first goal is to avoid litigation where this is in our client's best interest and, second, to resolve litigated claims as expeditiously and aggressively as possible, at the lowest cost to the client, while still maintaining the highest quality of representation. 

In the benefits area, we have undertaken extensive analyses of retirement plans for as many as 45,000 employees, and, in conjunction with investment advisors, developed practical and cost effective compliance procedures to meet ERISA and DOL requirements.

Our attorneys stay abreast of any changes in the large volume of administrative regulations and case law produced in this area and communicate any pertinent changes promptly to the client both through our employment newsletter and directly to clients with specific interests.

At the executive level, we can be of assistance in negotiating and developing executive compensation options, or in making board-level presentations on the complex issues of business succession planning. 

Martin & Seibert Employment Attorneys

Susan R. Snowden Ronald S. Rossi

 

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