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Spinal Injury Cases, Session Five: Cross Examining the Defense Experts

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Faculty:
Dr. Aaron DeShaw Esq., J.D., D.C., Esq. |  Dorothy Clay Sims Esq., J.D., Esq. |  Dr. Oregon K. Hunter Jr., MD., Jr.
Duration:
93 minutes + 35 mins Q&A
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Audio and Video

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Spinal Injury Cases, Session Five: Cross Examining the Defense Experts

Dr. Aaron DeShaw Esq., J.D., D.C. Related seminars and products: 21

Trial Lawyer, Retired Doctor

DeShaw Trial Lawyers


Dr. Aaron DeShaw, Esq. has individually, and in cooperation with other law firms, obtained settlements and verdicts for his clients in excess of $1 Billion. He is the leading author in the U.S. on the subject of Colossus, the computer assessment program used by most auto insurance companies for evaluating personal injury claims. DeShaw is author of three books, and is featured in multiple professional education videos on the topics of traumatic injuries and insurance.

Aaron holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Western States Chiropractic College and a Juris Doctorate from Willamette University College of Law. As a doctor, he was on staff at the exclusive Hale Clinic in London England, and additionally practiced in five countries treating people from over 100 nations. He lectures extensively for both physician and legal professionals.

Aaron has been elected by his peers to Super Lawyers in multiple years. In addition to working at his own firm in Oregon, he is of counsel with the nationally prominent firm of Friedman | Rubin in Seattle, Washington.

Presently, more than 90% of Aaron’s cases involve traumatic brain injuries, with the remainder of his personal injury cases being catastrophic injuries such as quadriplegia, spinal cord injuries, amputation, and wrongful death cases. He has extensive experience doing jury trials on complex medical injury cases. Known for his unusual frontal attack of defense medical witnesses’ opinions, his cross-examination of one witness uncovered the “doctor’s” lack of an M.D. degree. Other defense doctors simply refuse to show up to testify against his clients.

DeShaw is a board member of the Brain Injury Alliance of Oregon, an association of doctors, lawyers and other health care providers who are dedicated to helping people with life changing brain injuries.

He is also a musician, and photographer.


Spinal Injury Cases, Session Five: Cross Examining the Defense Experts

Dorothy Clay Sims Esq., J.D. Related seminars and products: 1

Trial Lawyer and Trial Consultant

Law Offices of Dorothy Clay Sims, PA


Dorothy consults with attorneys throughout the U.S., to provide methods of expert testimony cross-examination and also to conduct cross-examinations of expert witnesses.  

Dorothy’s practice includes numerous other projects and philanthropic work. She is frequently invited to in-house seminars for lawyers and law firms on researching and cross-examining. She has given over 350 speeches internationally on medical/legal issues throughout the world and is often invited as the state keynote speaker. She has spoken in almost every state in the United States including Hawaii and Alaska. She has also been a featured speaker in Paris, France, Jaipur, India, and twice in Kyoto, Japan.

She has authored chapters in books with individuals such as David Ball and Don Keenan as well as Dr. Michael Freeman. Dorothy donates a percentage of her book profits various organizations including the American Association for Justice and the International Federation for Human Rights. Her book, “Exposing Deceptive Defense Doctors ” was a best seller for 3 years in a row and went into reprint status soon after publication, unheard of in the industry. She has also authored two children’s books for parents who are injured. The books are available for free upon request. She has also authored articles in national publications to include the Champion Magazine, Trial Magazine (The American Association for Justice Journal) most recently on the cover of the December, 2015 issue, and Brain Injury Professional.

Dorothy received both her undergraduate and law degree from the University of Florida; and studied international law at Oxford University. She is licensed in the state of Florida, US District Court – Northern District of Florida, US District Court and the Middle District of Florida. She has also cross examined experts in many states throughout the US.

Dorothy initially represented miners in Kentucky who were denied black lung benefits. Going down into the bowels of a mine in Eastern Kentucky, she felt vibrations as the miners “shot coal” (exploded portions of the face to loosen the coal). Despite wearing a mask, her trip left her coughing and sneezing coal dust for days; leading to a newfound respect for the dreaded pneumoconiosis suffered by miners who had spent decades in the mines.

After representing coal miners, Dorothy began representing workers who were injured and denied medical care. She co-founded the Florida Workers’ Advocates – the state’s first watchdog over the insurance industry devoted to serving injured – and eventually served as president.

For over a decade, Sims volunteered time to lobby on behalf of the injured and was the first woman to be elected Chair of the Florida Bar Worker’s Compensation Section in its 22-year history. She also served as President of the Marion County Bar Association.

While practicing law, she began to notice an alarming pattern. Forensic experts hired by the other side were reaching conclusions by (1) misrepresenting the science (2) ignoring the science (3) misrepresenting the facts and/or their examination and/or (4) testifying beyond their own training and education.


Spinal Injury Cases, Session Five: Cross Examining the Defense Experts

Dr. Oregon K. Hunter Jr., MD. Related seminars and products: 1

Forensic Medical Consultant

Law Offices of Dorothy Clay Sims, PA


Oregon K. Hunter, Jr, MD is board certified in Rehabilitation Medicine, with special interest in TBI and pain.

 

In Honolulu he ran a brain injury & pain management programs and is the past president of the Florida Society of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation.His forensic activity included expert testimony in thousands or workers compensation, personal injury and medical malpractice cases. He has spoken extensively & published a number of chapters and articles in multiple medical journals and co-authored the Florida Impairment Rating Guide.

 

Currently licensed in California, (previously Florida & Hawaii), his professional activity is limited to non-testifying forensic medical consultation for the Law Offices of Dorothy Clay Sims, PA.