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Apply Anatomy of Brain Injuries to Advanced Litigation Skills

You already know the mechanics of personal injury litigation. Are you confident, however, in the intricate workings of a traumatic brain injury? Don't miss this unique opportunity to augment your legal knowledge by learning the ins and outs of how the injuries are tested, treated and diagnosed from the doctors themselves. You will also learn how to apply advanced medical knowledge of closed head brain injuries to cutting-edge plaintiff and defense litigation strategies. Gain advanced insight from seasoned doctors, plaintiff and defense attorneys on these unique and hard to prove cases. Register today!

  • Learn from a doctor what you need to look for in past and current medical records.
  • Better understand co-occurring psychiatric disorders and learn how to prove exacerbation of the injury.
  • Articulate complex knowledge to the jury on how a closed head injury can limit functionality.
  • Examine permanent brain injuries and how to prove (and disprove) inability to work.
  • Find out how to calculate pain and suffering, lost earnings and lost earnings capacity damages.
  • Gain advanced tips for coordinating medical, psychological, and neuropsychological information on the plaintiff, both before and after the accident.
  • Learn how to evaluate electrodiagnostic and radiographic test results to determine whether it's a concussion or traumatic brain injury.
  • Be able to prove the plaintiff has suffered gross damage despite the lack of a skull fracture.

  1. Tips From a Doctor: Investigating Closed Head Brain Injuries
    9:00 - 10:30, Dr. Joely P. Esposito and Mark S. Kardos
    1. Anatomy of the Brain
    2. Types of Brain Injuries - in Detail
    3. What to Look for in Medical Records
    4. Deciphering Brain Injury Medical Terminology
    5. Identifying a Traumatic Brain Injury
    6. Clinical Examination and Testing - in Detail
    7. Diagnosing, Recording and Reporting
    8. Framing the Degree (Gross Damage, Mild-to-Moderate)
    9. Functional Limitations of Mild Brain Injuries (No Fracture)
    10. "Co-Occurring" Psychiatric Disorders - Proving Exacerbation
    11. Treatment of a Closed Head Brain Injury
  2. Calculating Brain Injury Damages and Life Care Plans
    10:45 - 12:00, Mark S. Kardos
    1. Temporary vs. Permanent Brain Injury Damage Calculation
    2. Using Medical Records, MRIs and CT Scans to Calculate Damages
    3. Calculating Past and Future Medical Expenses/Treatment
    4. Pre-Existing Conditions
    5. Loss of Enjoyment of Life and Companionship
    6. Lost Earnings and Lost Earning Capacity
    7. Pain and Suffering Damages
    8. Calculating Life Care Plans
  3. Defense Tactics Unique to Brain Injury Cases
    1:00 - 1:45, Thomas J. Wagner
    1. Finding Holes in Past and Present Medical/Emotional History
    2. What to Look for in Employer and School Records
    3. Using IMEs to Prove the Injury is Not Permanent
    4. Tips for Defending the IME
    5. Diagnosing Physician Deposition Strategies
    6. What to Look for in Surveillance and Photographs
    7. Spotting Inconsistencies/Exaggerated Severity in Symptoms
    8. Presenting Other Options for Plaintiff's Injuries
    9. Evidence Needed to Prove Full Recovery of Mild Brain Injury (No Fracture)
  4. How to Overcome Defenses in Traumatic Brain Injury Cases
    1:45 - 2:30, Gregory B. Heller
    1. Client Intake of Closed Head vs. Fractured Skull Injury
    2. Type of Accident and Insurance Coverage Sources
    3. Coordinating Physicians, Neurosurgeons and Neuropsychologists
    4. Discovery of Uncommon Evidence Unique to Mild Brain Injuries
    5. Proving Injuries are Incurable, Serious and Worthy of Compensation
    6. Articulating Functional Limitations of Mild Brain Injuries to Jury
    7. Preparing the Plaintiff for the IME
    8. Using Fact Witnesses to Discuss Changes in Behavior
    9. Using Neurologists and Neuropsychologists
    10. Recovery, Return to Work and Inability to Work Obstacles
  5. How to Creatively Present Medical Evidence to Judge and Jury
    2:45 - 3:30, Thomas J. Wagner
    1. Presenting Neuropsychological and Electrodiagnostic Test Results
    2. Using Publisher to Display MRIs, CT Scans and X-Rays
    3. Presenting Medical Records Using PowerPoint
    4. Articulating Complex Knowledge of the Injury to the Judge/Jury
  6. Ethical Considerations for Personal Injury Attorneys
    3:30 - 4:30, Dr. Joely P. Esposito, Gregory B. Heller, Mark S. Kardos and Thomas J. Wagner
    1. Conflicts of Interest
    2. Coverage Defeating Admissions
    3. Unethical Insurance Adjusters
    4. Obligations as Counsel in Lien Resolution
    5. Medicare Secondary Compliance - Ethical Considerations

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