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Medical-Legal Guide for Presenting or Defending Musculoskeletal Injuries

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  • Start Date:2023-07-13 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-07-13 20:00:00
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  • Level:Intermediate
  • Topics:Workers' Compensation

$279.00 ["ProPass"]

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The perfect introduction (or refresher) for attorneys dealing with personal injury, workers’ compensation, disability cases, and for anyone who wants to learn how the human body works!

Musculoskeletal disorders are the largest category of workplace injuries and account for the majority of personal injury claims. Knowing the real mechanism of a back, shoulder or knee injury or what is and is not trauma related is crucial to your success as an advocate. 

In plain English, and with a sharp focus on the challenges you face, Temple University Professor Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. explains the nuances of the spine and upper and lower extremities in an easy to understand manner that will allow you to better evaluate or defend your case. 

Prepare for a truly unique educational experience.

Sam Hodge brings boundless enthusiasm and unique expertise to the classroom. He is a skilled litigator who has taught medical and legal topics for more than 25 years. He uses animations, simulations, video clips, and simple analogies to take you inside the human body to learn the parts of the body that are most susceptible to injury and those that are not. 

Professor Hodge will explain how diagnosis are made and the particulars of medical tests and surgical procedure from the unique perspective of a very successful litigator and teacher. 

  • Learn how injuries to the spine, knee and shoulder really occur.
  • Learn about muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia.
  • Find out the real difference between a sprain and a strain.
  • Become comfortable with the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Find out how x-rays, Ct-scans and MRIs work as you read actual films.
  • Experience what few attorneys have ever done by going into the anatomy lab and operating room to see what the body really looks like and how operations are performed.

Perfect for these practices:

  • Personal injury
  • Workers’ compensation
  • Disability
  • And for anyone who wants to learn how the human body works!


Ethics in Medicine and the Law

Basics of the Musculoskeletal System: Bones, Joints, and Soft Tissues

  • The purpose of bone
  • The function of a joint 
  • Differences among muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • A sprain versus a strain 
  • Common diagnostic studies: How to read x-rays, CT scans and MRIs

The Spine, Nerve Roots and Soft Tissues

  • The parts of the spine
  • The mechanism of injury and what parts of the spine are injured and those that are not
  • Soft tissues, nerve roots and disk abnormalities
  • Journey into the operating room: understand the value of a back surgery case

Upper and Lower Extremities 

  •  Anatomy of the shoulder, hand, and knee
  •  Why a shoulder injury keeps people out of work the longest 
  •  Rotator cuff injuries
  •  The structure of the hand 
  •  Medical jargon 
  •  Examination of a knee injury

All attendees will receive the course book as a digital download.

Recorded in July 2023.

You have a lot on your plate. We’ll help you stay on top of your compliance — in PA and beyond.

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