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A staggering number of Canadians live with a traumatic injury, writes Connect Experts CEO Chris Rokosh

Determining cost of future care requires a team-based approach

By Chris Rokosh

(July 25, 2017, 8:35 AM EDT) -- There are approximately 160,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in Canada every year. It is the leading cause of death in people under the age of 45. Many are left without the ability to work or perform activities of daily living (ADLs).

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Consider John, a married 54-year-old corporate lawyer, who suffered a TBI when his car went off the road last year. In the emergency room, John’s Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) was 4/15, his pupils were fixed, and cerebral spinal fluid leaked from his right ear. CT scan revealed a skull fracture with intracranial bleeding.

After seven months of recovery and rehabilitation, John was discharged home. His deficits included difficulties with language and writing, memory and concentration. Because his career relied heavily on these skills, John was unable to continue working. He required permanent help with all ADLs and a nurse to oversee his care. 

(This article was originally published by The Lawyer's Daily. The rest of the story can be found HERE:)

Connect Experts welcomes Brenda McDonnell to Cost of Care team

Our newest team member brings more than two decades of experience as an RN and a unique combination of specialized healthcare skills to Connect Medical Legal Experts.

Cost of Future Care consultant Brenda McDonnell has extensive knowledge in rehabilitation and disability case management for traumatic brain injuries, orthopedic injuries/surgeries, amputations, spinal cord injuries, aging, chronic pain, mental health/psychological issues and other long-term or terminal medical conditions.

June 14, 2017

Connect Medical Legal Experts is honoured to be nominated for a 2017 Reader’s Choice award in the Expert Witness category (medico-legal) by readers of Canadian Lawyer magazine.

A finalist in the medico-legal category, Connect Experts is proud of the nomination on behalf of its team of experts. The company, founded in 2001 by registered nurse Chris Rokosh, has served more than 300 lawyer clients and more than 2,000 personal injury, medical malpractice and class action cases.

Voting began late last month and and closes June 26 for the awards, which are designed to give a readers the chance to share who are their vendors and suppliers in the Canadian legal marketplace. 

You do not need to be a lawyer to participate in the survey. We would be grateful for your support on Question 28.

By Connect Medical Legal Experts
June 7, 2017 

When it comes to a major life hurdle, a brain injury ranks as one of the worst. In a matter of seconds, the life as you knew it might be altered forever because of a sudden fall off your bike, car crash, ski accident or simply a misstep in the grocery store aisle.

Chances are you didn’t know that one million people in Canada live with a brain injury, and that number is on the rise, says the non-profit awareness group Brain Injury Canada (BIC). About 160,000 new cases are diagnosed every year.

Over the past 15+ years, the medical/legal team at Connect Experts has worked with many lawyers representing clients with brain injuries, and we see how their lives have been catastrophically affected.

At best, a brain injury is a trip to the emergency room, a severe headache and a few days of bed rest at home. At worst, you can lose your memory, experience personality changes or even lose the ability to walk, talk or feed yourself. (Our legal nurse consultants help develop comprehensive Cost of Future Care reports for catastrophic cases such as these.)

When Canada's top medical/legal experts gathered last week for the Brain Injury Conference 2017 in Vancouver, there was no doubt that this trauma is one of the most catastrophic a person will face in their lifetime. From a litigation perspective, it's also one of the most complex.

The approximately 200 participants and speakers at the two-day Trial Lawyers Association of British Columbia event came from a wide range of medical and legal disciplines to share knowledge and gain insights. Brain injury trauma is one of the most comprehensive and time-consuming litigation challenges, requiring expert opinion and assessment from a broad scope of health professionals.

Connect Experts' Legal Nurse Consultant Jana Bartley has made headlines recently, and Connect Medical Legal Experts couldn't be prouder!

She's quoted in an article by The Globe and Mail about nurses who help ailing patients navigate the Canadian health system.

Here's an excerpt:

We salute our Calgary Cost of Future Care expert Karen Lagden.

An RN with an impressive 30 years' experience, Karen can now add more worthy initials after her name – CNLCP - Certified Nurse Life Care Planner – making her one of only 7 in Canada with this achievement.

Karen has extensive experience in nursing including private wound care consultant and nursing educator with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal University and the Canadian Association of Enterostomal Nurses.

Congratulations Karen and our other Nurse Life Care Planners who are now also working toward their certification.

We salute Karen Lagden, RN BScN ET MCISc CNLCP!

Litigation Stress - Stressful for All

Sunday, 15 March 2015 00:00

The inherent nature of litigation is stressful - for those pursuing or defending themselves against litigation. And it certainly can be for the lawyers too.

Here's an article that takes a rather unique view on the stress felt by all parties involved.

Cool app - Perinatal Pal

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:00

This iPad app allows perinatal care providers to visualize in 3D the cardinal movements of labor, fetal positions, station of the presenting part, and how to perform Leopold's maneuvers. The app is ideal for novice perinatal care providers to interact with these important perinatal concepts as a means to promote, protect, and support normal birth. May also be useful as a prenatal education tool for lawyers interested in this information.

I want to pass on a powerful video with an important message.

Leilani Schweitzer's TED talk on Transparency, Compassion, and Truth in Medical Errors.

Canadian Obstetrical Malpractice Conference

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:00

I'm thrilled to be Chairperson of this upcoming conference.

A few months ago I was contacted by Informa - one of the world's leading knowledge providers.  Informa provides "specialised information through publishing, events, training, market intelligence and expertise, providing valuable knowledge to individuals, businesses and organisations around the world."

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