Coachella Valley - Controlling Workers Compensation Claims Costs
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Coachella Valley - Controlling Workers Compensation Claims Costs

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Where: Woodhaven Country Club
41-555 Woodhaven Dr East
Palm Desert, California  92211
United States
Presenter: David A. Torres, MBA, JD
Contact: Mike Wales

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PIHRA Coachella Valley

Controlling Workers Compensation Claims Costs:
Practical Strategies for Controlling and Lowering Workers Comp Premiums


How does a work related injury that begins as a simple injury escalate to involving multiple body parts, psychological trauma, tens of thousands of dollars in cost and then take a year or more to close the case? Employers are all too familiar with the inefficiency, injury exaggeration, fraud and abuse that can take place. Many wait for their insurance carrier to stop it and in the end question if efforts were made to improve the situation.

In this presentation the curtain of “invented complexity” will be lifted. Information and practical solutions will be presented on how to take control of your claim. You will be given strategies on how to set and achieve goals to control your premium costs by controlling claim costs.

Various role-playing scenarios to reinforce the concepts learned will be included during this presentation.

Presentation Outline:

  • Financial Considerations – How the Insurance Carriers See the Money
  • Insured Considerations – How the Insurance Carriers See You and Your Business
  • What is “Invented Complexity?”
  • Who Owns the Claim?
  • Your Claims Adjuster and You
  • Your Injured Employee – How the Carrier Sees the Injured Worker
  • Definition Cost Containment – Develop Applications
  • Practical Strategy Applications
  • Carry over Strategies to contain issues related to Personnel Litigation

Program Agenda

8:00am - 8:30am - Registration and Welcome
8:30am - 10:00am - Speaker



David A. Torres, M.B.A., J.D. 

David Torres has been working in various areas of Risk Management and Human Resources after receiving his Juris Doctorate in 1989. Utilizing his skill sets as an Army Veteran and background in law enforcement, David earned his MBA and ultimately a Doctorate in Organizational Behavior. David is known for achieving significant cost reductions in business insurance related claims such as workers compensation. David has developed processes to reduce litigation in the areas of protected class law suits, such as discrimination and harassment, and related labor relations issues.

David has been a guest speaker in various seminars, nationally syndicated radio talk and television shows, has authored numerous articles on these subjects for national and trade publications and routinely lectures and trains on Human Resources and Risk Management Issues.

As a principal and senior consultant with Tactical Business Services, David has consulted with employers such as the Budweiser Captive Insurance Group; Jolly Green Giant; Robertson’s Ready Mix; Fortune 100 Companies in 19 States as well as Entrepreneurial Based Companies with four employees. 



This program has been approved for 1.25 Professional Development Credits (PDCs), towards SHRM-CP and SHRM-SCP, through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

This program has been approved for 1.25 HR (General) recertification credit hours through the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). For more information about certification or recertification, please visit the HR Certification Institute homepage at

The use of this seal confirms that this activity has met HR Certification Institute’s® (HRCI®) criteria for recertification credit pre-approval.


Registration Rates

Category Pre-Registration Onsite
PIHRA Member $25 $25
Guest/Nonmember $40 $40
PIHRA Member In-Transition $15 $15
PIHRA Student Member $15 $15

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