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    Biography

    Alyssa Sloan is brought in when a workers’ compensation matter needs someone with a discerning eye and the tenacity to work through a complicated claim.  Having practiced workers’ compensation defense in West Virginia since 2003, Alyssa has experienced a multitude of changes within in the industry, including privatization, an aging workforce, and an increase in claims alleging psychiatric injury and illness. Clients trust Alyssa to go beyond the surface of the claim, working hand in hand with medical professionals to understand the injury, the cause, the treatment, and the impact on the employees' ability to fulfill the duties of their job.  With more than 1,500 protests before the Workers' Compensation Office of Judges, there’s not much Alyssa has not seen.  She has handled claims alleging workplace injuries and diseases, including neck, back, and head injuries; traumatic injuries; repetitive trauma injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome; chemical exposure claims; and psychiatric disabilities.  Alyssa also works with clients to navigate claims of permanent partial and total disability.

    Working with both privately insured and self-insured employers, Alyssa helps clients navigate the employment issues that go hand in hand with workers’ compensation claims, including payment of benefits during periods of workers’ compensation disability and return to work issues.

    Alyssa is often viewed as an extension of the human resources team, and she also provides advice to workers’ compensation claim administrators regarding claims handling issues. Alyssa has extensive experience in the appellate practice of workers' compensation claims before both the West Virginia Workers' Compensation Board of Review and the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

    Memberships & Awards

    Professional
    The Best Lawyers in America®
    Best Lawyers® 2021 Morgantown, WV, Workers' Compensation Law - Employers, Lawyer of the Year
    Workers' Compensation Committee, Defense Trial Counsel of West Virginia
    Vice President, Berkeley County Bar Association

    Key Experience

    Defended claim of PTSD as a result of a traumatic injury occurring while repairing elevator
    Successfully defended regional healthcare facility in occupational eye injury and blindness allegedly resulting from computer work
    Defended multiple claims arising from alleged occupational disease exposure and carpal tunnel syndrome at a hardwood flooring manufacturer

    Work Experience

    2001 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC
    2000-2001 Law Clerk, The Honorable Alan D. Moats
    1998-2000 Law Clerk, West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals
    1996-1998 Bowles Rice McDavid Graff and Love, PLLC

    Speaking Engagements

    Valley Health Employer Summit 2015, 2016, 2017

    West Virginia Association of School Human Resources Officials 2016

    West Virginia Workers' Compensation Seminar in conjunction with Valley Health Occupational Health Services, March 2014

    Regular Contributor, M. Lee Smith Employment Law Newsletter

    Regular Contributor, Steptoe & Johnson Employment Essentials Blog

    Workers' Compensation Overview, SHRM, March, 2008

    Workers' Compensation Overview, Steptoe & Johnson Labor Institute, 2007