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Chicago, February 8, 2012

Monaco Speaks at Brain Injury Litigation Conference

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Partner Anthony J. Monaco will speak on "Assessing the Monetary Value of Your Case and Calculating the Pre-Trial Costs" at the American Conference Institute's Premier Summit on Brain Injury Litigation.

For this session of the conference, Monaco and Cheryl M. DeKleine, Esq., Claims Manager with Coverys, will offer insight on:
  • Assessing and evaluating the medical malpractice case; screening the case and the client; using expert consultations during case assessment; deciding on what costs are reasonable to prove the case.
  • Utilizing a whole battery of experts (neurologists, vocational rehabilitation experts, etc.); averaging 8-10 experts on your side of the case.
  • Convincing your client to spend the money during the discovery phase to take more depositions than normal in cases where expert and lay testimony is critical.
  • Evaluating the cost of using experts: how many medical specialties are necessary? whether to use vocational rehabilitation, life care planners, and economists; evaluating agreements on expert fees; producing experts via videotape versus live testimony for discovery and/or trial testimony.
  • Assessing and litigating the case: evaluating the cost of taking discovery depositions; determining whether to arbitrate, mediate, settle or litigate.
  • Other discovery costs associated with surveillance, independent medical examinations, IDEX requests on experts, ISO searches on plaintiffs, and day in the life videos. 
The 2012 Brain Injury Litigation Conference will occur March 29-30, 2012 at The Union League in Philadelphia. At Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP Monaco serves as Vice-Chair of the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group and focuses his practice on the defense of corporations in catastrophic injury litigation.

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