Mark Arden, a founding partner of Chappell Smith & Arden, P.A., delivered a presentation on the Workers’ Compensation system to the “History of Trial by Jury” class at the University of South Carolina Honors College. His presentation focused on the “Grand Bargain”—the compromise by which workers surrendered their right to a jury trial for a more conservative but more certain “no fault” system of compensation. The class discussed the positives and negatives of the Grand Bargain and how the Workers’ Compensation system could be improved upon to promote justice.
Mark Arden’s law practice has focused on Workers’ Compensation for over thirty years. He is a former president of the South Carolina chapter of Injured Workers Advocates and estimates he has handled several thousand individual workers’ compensation claims.