Anatomy of a Medical Expert

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"Last Kick at the Can": Wednesday, December 17, 2014; Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

(Original course: Friday, May 23, 2014)

Who should attend: Personal injury and general civil litigation counsel, both plaintiff and defence.

Learning level: Intermediate

The corpus of the medico-legal matrix unveiled!
Medical experts are one of the most common types of experts utilized in civil litigation. This does not mean, however, that retaining and instructing medical experts is simple or straight forward—there are many pitfalls for the unwary. The opinion of medical experts can be difficult to comprehend, let alone assess, present, or challenge. Counsel need to be alive to the complexities and nuances of medical files if they are to effectively manage the evidence of medical experts.

This comprehensive program will assist counsel to be well prepared when dealing with a range of medical experts from initial engagement, to the expert’s report, to testifying at trial. The multi-dimensional format of the course combines audience interaction with substantive law, and features the most experienced medical malpractice counsel, both plaintiff and defence, in live demonstrations of cross-examination of medical doctors. The program will cover a broad range of medical expert issues from medicine, to litigation practice, to professionalism.

At this course you will learn...

  • how to select your expert: which expert, from where, and if more than one—how many
  • how to avoid bias while ensuring that your expert is properly instructed
  • the essential elements of a good expert report: the expert’s qualifications, proper factual assumptions, and the formulation of the expert opinion
  • tendering and challenging expert medical opinions in a trial setting
  • trial best practices, trial practices to avoid, and the always valuable view from the bench

Law Society of BC CPD Hours: 6 hours (a minimum of 1 hour will involve aspects of professional responsibility and ethics, client care and relations, and/or practice management)

Course Chairs
James M. Lepp, QC — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver
Carla L. Forth, QC — Guild Yule LLP, Vancouver

"Last Kick at the Can" Rebroadcast: $450

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Raymond Lee

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