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2nd Annual Health Advocates Education Conference

McLeish Orlando is proud to be a Diamond Level Sponsor of BIAPH’s 2nd Annual Health and Advocates Education Conference. This year the conference is going virtual!

If you have registered for the April 3, 2020 date, your registration will be automatically moved to the October 28, 2020 conference.

This unique learning experience which will use a multidisciplinary approach to bridge gaps in knowledge and provide helpful and practical tips and strategies on how to effectively advocate for clients and assist in ensuring that funding for treatment is provided.

For the conference agenda, click here.

We hope to see you there!

Anatomy of a Trial: Successful Trial Strategy

Don’t miss out on the third year of this premier program! Join us for a comprehensive examination of the best techniques for conducting a jury trial. This year we take it one step further and focus on high level trial strategy, providing you with the necessary skills and best practices required for success in the courtroom. Lawyers of all levels from the new litigator who has never conducted a trial, to the seasoned veteran, will benefit from this incredibly practical and valuable program.

You will learn how to think strategically when mapping out the course of your trial, manage documents, open and close to a jury, examine and cross-examine witnesses, and much more. A stellar faculty of trial judges from the Superior Court of Justice and experienced trial advocates will demonstrate these skills, and help you understand the tactical and strategic considerations that go into a trial. From demonstrations to debriefs, this program is a must for litigators of all levels, and trial experience. Join us to observe trial advocacy in action.

Don’t miss out on this incredibly popular program to gain valuable knowledge, insight, and skills to navigate a trial from start to finish.

McLeish Orlando lawyer, Lindsay Charles, will be co-chairing the two-day event.

McLeish Orlando lawyer, Nicole Fielding, will be acting as the witness for the Direct Examination of Plaintiff’s Wife and Cross-Examination of Plaintiff’s Wife at 11:05am and 11:25am on April 23, 2020.

At 1:25pm on April 23, 2020, McLeish Orlando Partner, Joseph A. Cescon will be the demonstrator during the Examination of the Family Physician.

Click here to see the full agenda.

Program Details: 

Thursday, April 23, 2020
8:00am Registration
8:30am-4:30pm Program (reception to follow)

Friday, April 24, 2020
8:00am Registration
8:30am-1:30pm Program

Location: OBA Conference Centre, 20 Toronto Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto, ON M5C 2B8

Program Price: 

CBA Member: $650* | CBA Student Member: $360* | Non-Member: $850*

Additional charge for hard copy materials:  CBA Member: $120* | Non-Member: $250*

Group discounts are available.  Please see details on the right.

(includes e-materials access) *plus applicable taxes

Don’t miss out on this incredibly popular program to gain valuable knowledge, insight, and skills to navigate a trial from start to finish.

Register Now!

Ontario Concussion Rates Are Much Higher Than Previously Reported

Written By: William Harding and Christina El-Azzi, Summer Student

Study from the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation

A concussion  is  a brain injury that results from a blow to the head or body which causes the brain to hit the walls of the skull, resulting in bruising or swelling. Though many concussions heal quickly, they have the potential to have lasting effects and can sometimes result in death.

A recent study by Toronto’s University Health Network suggests that concussion rates in Ontario are almost twice as high as previously recorded. They state that approximately 150,000 concussions get diagnosed in Ontario annually, with children under 5, women over 65 and populations in rural communities being the most susceptible.[1]

Are We Dealing With a Concussion Epidemic?

Though the dramatic increase in the rate of reported concussions appears to be alarming, the team at Toronto’s University Health Network believes the dramatic spike is influenced by increased public awareness surrounding brain injuries rather than an increase in the actual number of concussions.

Public education surrounding concussions has ramped up in recent years. This is likely due, in part, to the highly publicized death of Rowan Stringer. Rowan was a 17-year-old Ottawa girl who died after sustaining multiple concussions while playing high school rugby. Rowan’s Law, legislation which establishes safety protocols for young athletes suspected of having a concussion, was born out of this tragic incident. The NFL concussion class action also played a role in publicly highlighting the serious risks associated with repetitive brain injuries.

The limited scope of previous studies done in Ontario with regards to concussion rates may have also contributed to the skewed statistics. Previously, studies only considered smaller jurisdictions, single causes of injury, or they focused on specific pockets of the population. By using a larger research sample (records were pulled from a province-wide health data repository), the research team at Toronto’s University Health Network was able to offer a much more comprehensive look at concussion rates in the province.

Tips

The importance of public awareness and education surrounding concussions persists because concussions are invisible injuries, unseen by the naked eye or on many forms of diagnostic imaging. They can easily be downplayed by the patient or misdiagnosed by the treating physician.

Concussions range in severity from mild to debilitating. If left untreated, symptoms such as headaches, mental fog, and fatigue can persist for years.

The more information we have about concussions, the better equipped we are to prevent and efficiently treat them. Keep the following in mind:

  • The best way to prevent a head injury is to protect the head. Always wear a properly fitted helmet that is appropriate for the activity you are participating in.
  • Always ensure that you and your fellow passengers are wearing seatbelts when in a vehicle.
  • Know the signs and symptoms of concussion which includedizziness, headaches, nausea, sensitivity to light, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, lack of concentration, problems with balance, and trouble speaking. Note: You do not always lose consciousness when you sustain a concussion.
  • Remove yourself from the situation immediately if you suspect that you have been injured.
  • Do not take a chance! If you are having any symptoms, it is important to seek medical attention.
  • Do not return until all symptoms have dissipated and you have been medically cleared. The risks associated with concussions are exacerbated if multiple concussions are suffered, especially if they happen within a short period of time!

If you or someone you know has suffered from a severe concussion, contact one of the critical injury lawyers at McLeish Orlando LLP for a free consultation.

[1] Langer, Laura & Levy, Charissa & Bayley, Mark. (2019). Increasing Incidence of Concussion: True Epidemic or Better Recognition? Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation.