Litigating the Brain Injury Case: Attorney, Neuropsychologist and Life Care Planner Perspectives

You are Invited… Thursday, September 27, 2012 - Free Full Day Seminar with 3 CEU’s - 3 SpeakersPresented By: Lakeview Specialty Hospital & Rehab, Waterford, WI THE SCIENTIFIC SUBSTANCE OF NEUROPSYCHOLGICAL EVALUATIONS Presented by Tina M. Trudel, PhD Tina M. Trudel, PhD is COO of the Lakeview Companies, overseeing hospital, residential, community-integrated and home health programs nationwide. She is Senior Scientist and former Site Director of the DVBIC Charlottesville Program, chairs the Brain Injury Long Term Issues Task force of the ACRM, is a board member of NABIS, and a reviewer for the NIDRR TBI Model systems. Dr. Trudel served on the governing board of AACBIS as postdoctoral supervisor, Department of Psychiatry, Dartmouth Medical School (2000-2005), and now as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the UVA Medical School, and research associate at Boston University. Dr. Trudel is an experienced, licensed clinical neuropsychologist, and received the Brain Injury Association of America's 2008 Founder's Award for her work and advocacy in the field of brain injury rehabilitation. Neuropsychological evaluation is a core component of assessing the impact on behavior, cognition and function, of brain injuries of all types. The principles of neuropsychological evaluation are based on assumptions of standardization, reliability, validity and comparisons with normative data. This presentation will address all of these issues, with examples from actual clinical cases, many of which were subjects of litigation. Recommendations for how to convey neuropsychological findings to laypersons, and the benefit of reporting in percentiles will be reviewed. TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES AS A RESULT OF TORTIOUS CONDUCT: A Lawyer's Perspective. Presented by M. Angela Dentice, Esq. Angela Dentice is a graduate of Marquette University Law School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, J.D., and Doctor of Jurisprudence 1985. Her professional affiliations include: Wisconsin Association for Justice, American Association for Justice, Brain Injury Association of Wisconsin and .Women in Law. Other notable accomplishments to date include: awarded the Robert L. Habush Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Wisconsin Association for Justice in 2009, Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers in 2011, co-chair of the Task Force on Leadership and Political Participation of the Lt. Governor's Wisconsin Women Prosperity Initiative, selected by the Wisconsin Law Journal as one of the 10 Outstanding Women in the Law, 2002 and selected by Milwaukee Magazine as a "Super Lawyer" 2005-2012. Ms. Dentice's career in law has been devoted to representing injured adults and children. Much of her practice is devoted to representing the seriously injured, including those who have experienced Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). She has successfully tried "to verdict" personal injury cases on behalf of the injured people in the areas of medical negligence, product liability, insurance coverage, automobile and truck accidents, and premises liability. BRINGING THE LIFE CARE PLAN TO LIFE FOR YOUR CLIENT WITH A DISABILITY. Presented by Henry "Buddy" Brennan Mr. Brennan is a Licensed Speech Pathologist, Certified Case Manager, Certified Life Care Planner, and a National Certified Guardian. He is Owner and Director of Rehab Assist Inc., a company he founded in 1994. Rehab Assist Inc. specializes in providing catastrophic case management, guardianship, and life care planning services for people with a disability and the elderly. Mr. Brennan has worked nationally constructing over 400 life care plans; he has testified regularly in probate and civil courts. He has also testified in federal court. Rehab Assist Inc. has provided case management or guardianship services for over 1,200 individuals with disabilities over the last 17 years. Mr. Brennan is a graduate of St. Rita High School in Chicago, Illinois State University and Governor's State University. He lives in Evergreen Park, Illinois with his wife and four children. When an individual has suffered a catastrophic injury, a Life Care Plan frequently is created to project long-term services and costs. The presentation will highlight various methods for the case manager to use the information contained in the Life Care Plan to enhance the quality of their client's life. Using the Life Care Plan as an ongoing guide "bringing to life" services recommended in the plan, the case manager can maximize the individual's quality of life, assist in effectively managing both short-term needs and life-long issues, create "outside the box" solutions for care and management and maximize the use of available resources for the most critical of care needs. Use of the Life Care Plan in this fashion truly makes it a dynamic document that can be changed and modified to meet the needs of an individual with a disability as they progress through the course of their life.