Every year, the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) hosts a one-day seminar focused on Workers’ Compensation Practice in Massachusetts. The day is broken into several sessions focusing on relevant topics in Workers’ Compensation Practice, both in Massachusetts as well as on the national level. For the second year, attorney Adam Troupe, of the Troupe Law Office, was asked to speak on a panel.
This year, he was part of the panel discussing the ongoing paradox of dealing with chronic pain. Members of this panel included two Administrative Judges from the Department of Industrial Accidents (The Honorable Maureen McManus, and The Honorable Roger Lewenberg), one Administrative Law Judge from the DIA (The Honorable William Harpin), Diane Neelon, also from the DIA, as well as Attorney Edward Moriarty. Guest speakers included a pain specialist, Dr. David DiBenedetto, MD.
Dr. DiBenedetto gave a general background about the physiology associated with chronic pain, as well as treatment plans, guidelines, and goals. Attorney Adam Troupe then presented the considerations of the Employee’s attorney when dealing with cases involving chronic pain, with particular focus on the injured employee and how they may respond in these situations. Attorney Moriarty addressed the Insurer’s point of view, and the Judges then expressed their concerns from a Judicial perspective.