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 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.

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.

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.)

The devastating effects are one reason we support Brain Injury Awareness Month each June, as well as the efforts made by brain injury associations across the country to put faces to this ‘silent epidemic’.

Wednesday, 09 November 2016 19:59

Why Use Nurses as Cost of Future Care Experts

When your case involves future costs of care, you need an expert to accurately assess your clients’ needs who understands the full spectrum and interplay of medical diagnoses, treatments, medications and client goals. Connect Experts has the perfect expert for this role; Nurse Life Care Planners.

Mrs. Jefferson* was just like so many other residents living in so many other long-term care homes in Ontario. In her mid eighties and suffering from dementia, she had moved into Happy Hollow* from her home. Over time, her condition had deteriorated to the point where she was no longer walking, communicating or helping with any of her activities of daily living.

Sunday, 15 March 2015 00:00

Litigation Stress - Stressful for All

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.

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 00:00

Cool app - Perinatal Pal

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.

Tuesday, 30 December 2014 00:00

Canadian Obstetrical Malpractice Conference

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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