The ultimate goal of any longshore claim is resolution. One option that has a lot of advantages for both employers and claimants is mediation, which allows all parties to agree on the final outcome. In the middle of a global pandemic, virtual mediations are on the rise. In this episode, Dave Widener of The American Equity Underwriters sits down with Brian McElreath, a partner at the law firm of Lueder, Larkin & Hunter and an expert in both longshore and state workers’ compensation systems. Dave and Brian discuss the benefits and pitfalls of virtual mediations, and the possibility of growing in popularity even after the country re-opens for business.
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