Medicine for Lawyers 2014

Course Date: March 7, 2014

Total: 4h 51min

Welcome and Introduction

Brenda L. Osmond — Pacific Medical Law, Vancouver
Susanne K. Raab — Pacific Medical Law, Vancouver

Treating Physicians as Witnesses: Pros and Cons

  • the special knowledge and relationship of the family physician
  • challenges with the family physician as witness
  • advocacy vs. neutrality—finding the balance
    David W. Pilley — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver
    Dr. Stanley Lubin — Physician and Surgeon, Vancouver

Proving Infant Injuries and Establishing Damages

  • what medical experts do you need?
  • proving injuries
  • working with a team of experts
  • should experts consult one another?—the law on joint assessments

Jonathan Corbett — Quinlan Abrioux, Vancouver

Networking Break

Approach to Medical Disability: a Journey from Injury to Recovery

  • impairment, activity, and participation
  • place medical information into context
  • assessments—who, what, when, where, and why
  • determining rehabilitation needs and prognosis

Dr. Jennifer Yao — Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and "Nervous Shock"

  • changes to diagnostic criteria in the new DSM-5
  • will the law respond? and if so, how?

Sandra L. Kovacs — Whitelaw Twining Law Corporation, Vancouver

Lunch (on your own)

Psychological Assessment of Children with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

  • types and severity of brain injuries
  • choosing the most appropriate expert—psychologist or psychiatrist? 
  • the basic methodology for cognitive testing in children
  • connecting the dots: integrating neuropsychological assessment findings with rehabilitation, medicine, and education

Dr. Doug Cohen, R. Psych — Vancouver

Discovery and the Medical File

  • alternative approaches to discovery
  • neuroscience and storytelling
  • implications for litigation and the patient’s narrative

Robyn L. Wishart — Slater Vecchio LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

The Public Guardian and Trustee: 3 Distinct Topics

  • settlement resources
  • new statutory trusts under the Family Law Act 
  • litigation guardians

Bill Sokoloff — Public Guardian and Trustee, Vancouver

Presenting Medical Evidence at Trial

  • common problems with medical evidence
  • best practices for medical evidence

The Honourable Mr. Justice J. Christopher Grauer — Supreme Court of BC, Vancouver

Concluding Remarks

Brenda L. Osmond — Pacific Medical Law, Vancouver
Susanne K. Raab — Pacific Medical Law, Vancouver