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MEDICO-LEGAL ESSENTIALS COURSE OVERVIEW

(Personal Injury)

Please note that the times given are only approximate and the confirmed times will be provided in your course joining instructions.

COURSE OUTLINE

Five hours CPD

REGISTRATION: 9.45 - 10.00 hrs - course materials distributed

10.00am - Welcome and housekeeping

10.15 BASICS

  • What are medical experts and why are they used?
  • Who can be a medico-legal expert?
  • Overview of the duties of an expert
  • Why be a medical expert?
  • The essentials of Report Writing
  • Numbers of claims and types
  • What do solicitors and barristers do?
  • The parties involved in a case and their roles
  • Medical agencies
  • Tort - duty, breach, causation damage

11.30 - 11.45 Coffee

11.45 - The Civil Procedure Rules

  • Portals
  • Litigation process
  • Fundamental dishonesty
  • Multiple experts
  • Joint reports
  • Trial
  • MedCo

13.15 - 13.45 Light Lunch

13.45 MECHANICS

  • How solicitors choose an expert
  • Accepting instructions
  • Letter of instruction
  • Medical records
  • Attendance with claimant
  • Answering questions
  • Fees

14.45 - 15.00 Tea

15.00 PRESENTATION OF THE EVIDENCE

  • The formalities
  • Range of opinion
  • Standard of proof
  • Causation
  • Massaging the evidence
  • Sacking the expert
  • Privilege

15.30 PRACTICAL EXAMPLES OF REPORT WRITING

  • Useful reports
  • Unhelpful reports

15.45 FINAL THOUGHTS

  • Liability of the expert
  • Experts in the news (for the wrong reasons)
  • Top Tips for experts
  • FAQs

END OF COURSE: 16.15