Medical Issues in Personal Injury 2012

Course Date: October 17, 2012

Total: 6h 21min

Welcome and Introduction

Robert C. Brun, QC — Harris & Brun, Vancouver
Paul T. McGivern — Pacific Medical Law, Vancouver

Are Prescribed Medicines Doing More Good Than Harm?

  • polypharmacy is increasing in Canada; it affects many civil litigants
  • how much do we know about how multiple drugs affect human beings?
  • what societal and economic forces encourage this trend?
  • can common sense principles be applied to ascertain when "enough is enough"?
  • how can smart lay people apply common sense to clarify pharmacological issues in litigation?

Dr. Thomas L. Perry, FRCPC — Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of BC, Vancouver

Injured Patients With Pre-existing Conditions: Medical-Legal Implications

  • arthritic joints that become “worse” after an accident
  • the potential effect on a limb that has undergone prior surgery
    Dr. Kostas Panagiotopoulos — Pacific Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine, North Vancouver

Causation: Medical and Legal

  • Clements, Resurfice, and recent jurisprudence
  • “but for” causation, material contribution to risk or injury, policy and robust common sense
  • implications in medical-legal contexts                                

Peter C. Collins — Harris & Brun, Vancouver

Networking Break

Medical Experts

  • retaining your medical expert
  • managing a medical expert’s reports
  • the “new” Rules
  • tactical considerations

Robert D. Gibbens — Laxton Gibbens + Company, Vancouver

Biomechanical Analysis and Injury Assessment

  • how injury biomechanics fits into personal injury litigation
  • when you need biomechanics and when you don’t
  • the limitations of biomechanical analysis
  • an example or two of biomechanics in action in personal injury cases

Dennis D. Chimich, MSc, PEng — Senior Biomechanical Engineer, MEA Forensic Engineers & Scientists, Vancouver

Lunch (on your own)

Mild Traumatic Brain Injury: From High School Football to Car Crashes to IEDs in Afghanistan

  • concussion in sports
  • post-concussion syndrome
  • mental health
  • traumatic stress
  • differential diagnosis

Dr. Grant L. Iverson — Director, Neuropsychology Outcome Assessment Laboratory, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of BC, Vancouver

Patterns of Injury

  • MVA syndrome: how do pain, trauma, and depression become intertwined into a typical post MVA triad?
  • where the treatment is worse than the disease—how are we treating these people and is it helping or exacerbating their difficulty?
  • case examples: what are the legal implications for determining causation and prognosis?                     

Dr. Margaret D. Weiss — Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of BC, Vancouver

Somatization, Chronic Pain, and Conversion Disorder

  • review interplay of psychological and physical factors following trauma
  • address the overlap between chronic pain and concusssion
  • describe forensic methodology in assessing litigants

Dr. Roy J. O’Shaughnessy — Forensic Psychiatry, University of BC, Vancouver

Networking Break

Medical–Legal Practice Panel

Joseph E. Murphy QC — Murphy Battista, Vancouver
Dr. Roy J. O’Shaughnessy — Forensic Psychiatry, University of BC, Vancouver
Dr. Margaret D. Weiss — Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of BC, Vancouver

Mary-Helen Wright — Pacific Law Group, Vancouver

Concluding Remarks   

Robert C. Brun, QC — Harris & Brun, Vancouver
Paul T. McGivern — Pacific Medical Law, Vancouver