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Workers' Compensation Attorney Advocate

at State of Maine, Bureau of Human Resources in Portland, Maine, United States

Job Description

Workers’ Compensation Attorney Advocate

Portland , Maine , United States | Legal | Full-time Apply by: Nov. 24, 2021 Apply with Linkedin Apply

Workers’ Compensation Board

Workers’ Compensation Attorney Advocate

Repost

Portland Office

CLASS CODE: 2017 PAY GRADE:27: $50,252.80 – $67,932.80/Annually

OPEN FOR RECRUITMENT: November 10, 2021

CLOSES: November 24, 2021

This is professional services work providing advocacy and legal services to injured workers. Responsibilities include advising, consulting, and representing workers before administrative bodies; developing evidence and testimony for case presentation; and assisting in preparation of appellate briefs to the Law Court. Work is performed under limited supervision.

TYPICAL DUTIES:

+ Represents injured workers in administrative hearings in order to provide legal services and representation.

+ Analyzes case information and documents facts, reports, and other documentation in order to advocate for injured workers.

+ Counsels and advises injured workers to protect their legal rights.

+ Explains laws, legal rights, options, timelines, and risks and advantages of pursuing claims in order to ensure injured works are knowledgeable of their rights.

+ Confers and negotiates with insurance adjusters, private attorneys, employers, health care and service providers, and other third parties in order to represent and protect the rights of injured workers.

+ Writes legal memoranda and briefs in connection with litigation and administrative proceedings in order to prepare for proceedings.

+ Explains laws, decisions, rules, policies, and procedures of Workers’ Compensation Board to injured workers.

+ Determines scope of investigation on injured workers’ claims in order to ensure comprehensive services in an efficient timeframe.

+ Negotiates resolutions and/or compromise of claims in order to reduce litigation claims in administrative system.

+ Provides legal advice and assistance to injured workers in obtaining appropriate rehabilitation, return to work, and employment security services in order to ensure appropriate representation and to protect injured workers’ rights.

+ Takes depositions of treating and examining physicians and other involved parties in order to ensure documentation of workers’ injuries.

+ Assists in preparation of cases for appellate review to the Law Court in order to ensure a thorough presentation of workers’ injuries.

+ Reviews and drafts findings in mediation or administrative hearing proceedings under the jurisdiction of the Workers’ Compensation Board in order to ensure findings conform to applicable laws, rules, and regulations.

+ Coordinates the execution of legal services with senior legal staff in order to ensure common understanding and interpretation of the law.

REQUIREMENTS:

+ Knowledge of state and federal laws, administrative laws, rules, and case law affecting Workers’ Compensation Board programs and services.

+ Knowledge of basic legal concepts of due process, administrative law, constitutional law, torts, and contracts.

+ Knowledge of legal documents, court procedures, and rules of evidence.

+ Knowledge of medical and legal terminology and practices in workers’ compensation.

+ Knowledge of legal research techniques.

+ Knowledge of trial techniques.

+ Knowledge of interviewing and investigative techniques and practices.

+ Ability to research, analyze, and organize legal facts and principles.

+ Ability to communicate effectively

+ Ability to write clearly and effectively

+ Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

+ Ability to negotiate mediation agreements, lump sum settlements, or other voluntary resolutions.

+ Ability to prepare and maintain complex cases and large caseloads.

+ Ability to handle difficult and adversarial situations.

+ Ability to maintain confidentiality of client information and communications.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

Admission to the practice of law in the State of Maine and current registration with the Board of Overseers of the Maine Bar – OR – eligibility for admission to practice law in the State of Maine with the provision that admittance to the practice of law in the State of Maine and registration with the Board of Overseers of the Bar occurs within twelve (12) months of the date of hire.

HOW TO APPLY: Please visit the General Government Service Center athttps://www.maine.gov/fps/opportunities/ to apply for this position.

You must submit a cover letter, resume’ and writing sample in order to be considered for an interview.

BENEFITS

The bi-weekly dollar values of some State-paid benefits for full-time employees include: $14.60 for dental insurance; 13.16% of employee’s pay towards retirement; and, depending on the employee’s annual pay, at least 85% ($412.13) of health insurance premiums(more information is available here).Participation in theHealth Premium Credit Programcan decrease the employee’s cost of health insurance by 5%.

Maine State Government is an Equal Opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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Job Posting: JC195231344

Posted On: Oct 17, 2021

Updated On: Nov 26, 2021