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Introduction to Birth Injury Litigation
presented by
The South Carolina Bar-Continuing Legal Education Division
Live at the
Bar Conference Center
1501 Park Street
Columbia, SC 29202
Video-CLE sites statewide: Charleston and Greenville
About the Seminar
Birth injury litigation is a specialized subset of medical malpractice litigation and it requires special knowledge and skills whether you are representing the plaintiff or the defendant. In this powerful and practical program, Course Planner Ed Graham and a team of experienced birth injury practitioners representing both perspectives will walk you step-by-step through the key pieces of information you need to handle one of these complex cases. This program is designed to be a true tutorial with lots of time for questions, answers, and networking. This is NOT your typical talking head CLE - it’s a time to learn from experienced attorneys who want to teach you how to handle the common issues, as well as the nuances of birth injury litigation.
Top seven things attendees will learn:
1-Basics of How to Select and Prepare a Brain Damaged Baby Case;
2- Basics of How to Select and Prepare a Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Case;
3-Liability and Damages Defenses to Birth Injury Claims
4-Maximizing Damages and Practical Trial Tips
5-Protecting the Record for Appeal of a Large Verdict
6-More Effective Pre-Suit Mediation
7-Recognizing and Managing Emotional Challenges of High Stakes Litigation


8 a.m.             Registration
8:30 a.m.        Brain Damage Caused by Oxygen Deprivation during Birth: The Basics, Criteria for Case       
                       Acceptance and Preparation for Trial
                       Edward L. Graham
                       Graham Law Firm, PA
9:05 a.m.        Traumatic Brain Injury during Birth: The Basics, Criteria for Case Acceptance, and Preparation for Trial
                       Kenneth M. Suggs
                       Janet Jenner & Suggs, LLC
9:40 a.m.        Defense Perspective on Claims of Brain Damage during Birth: Liability and Damages
                       Charles E. Hill 
                       Turner Padget Graham & Laney, PA
10:10 a.m.      Q & A and Panel Discussion re Brain Damaged Baby Cases
10:20 a.m.      Break
10:35 a.m.      Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: The Basics, Criteria for Case Acceptance, and Preparation for Trial
                        Mary H. Watters
                        Graham Law Firm, PA
11:10 a.m.      Defense Perspective on Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Claims: Liability and Damages
                       J. Ben Alexander
                       Haynesworth Sinkler Boyd, PA
11:40 a.m.      Maximizing Damages in a Birth Injury Case
                       S. Randall Hood
                       McGowan Hood & Felder, LLC
12:10 p.m.      Practical Tips for Trial of a Birth Injury Case
                       O. Fayrell Furr Jr.
                       Furr & Henshaw
12:40 p.m.      Q & A and Panel Discussion re Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Cases, Maximizing Damages, and  
                        Tips for Trial
12:50 p.m.      Lunch
2 p.m.             How to Keep a Potentially Large Verdict by Protecting the Record
                       John S. Nichols
                       Bluestein Nichols Thompson & Delgado, LLC
2:30 p.m.        The Pros and Cons of Pre-Suit Mediation
                       Diane M. Rodriguez
                       Graham Law Firm
2:55 p.m.       Tips for the Plaintiff’s Attorney Handling a First Birth Injury Case
                       John Layton Ruffin
                      Graham Law Firm, PA     
3:20 p.m.        Q & A and Panel Discussion re Protecting the Record, Pre-Suit Mediation, and Tips for First Trial
3:30 p.m.        Break
3:40 p.m.        Cognitive Tools to Help Lawyers Manage Emotional Depletion 
                        Lisa Holland
                        Lisa Holland, Ph.D., LMFT
4:40 p.m.        What They Say and What You Need to Hear: Managing Your Client's Unconscious Emotional
                        Lisa Holland
                        Lisa Holland, Ph.D., LMFT
5:10 p.m.        Q & A and Panel Discussion re, Medical Records, Tips for Handling a First Birth Injury Case,  
                        and Mental Health Issues
5:20 p.m.        Adjourn 
5:30 p.m.        Voluntary Case Workshop: Speakers Are Invited to Remain to Answer Any Case-Specific
Questions from the Audience (Must attend live seminar to participate)

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