Doctor Insights and Real-World Negotiation and Litigation Techniques
Plaintiffs can recover for exacerbation or aggravation - but they are not entitled to recover for pre-existing conditions or injuries themselves. This can provide challenges for plaintiff's attorneys and powerful ammunition for insurance companies. Getting fair compensation in a pre-existing injury case can be a struggle, but there are strategies you can employ to maximize your chances of success. This guide will show you how to establish exacerbation of a pre-existing injury, combat insurer techniques and ultimately increase case value. Build your skills - order today!
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10:00 - 11:00 AM, Dr. David Cooper
11:15 AM - 1:15 PM, Ashton E. Thomas
DR. DAVID COOPER owns and operates The Knee Center in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia and the Jefferson Orthopedic residency. Dr. Cooper entered private practice as a general orthopedic surgeon in Lansdale, Pennsylvania after serving our country for eight years as a U.S. Navy Reserve medical officer. For four years, Dr. Cooper performed all types of orthopedic surgery, including neck and low back laminectomies and fusions, along with extensive open and closed fracture care. In 1980, he was recruited by Geisinger to open the orthopedic department at the Geisinger Wyoming Valley Hospital in Wilkes-Barre, where he was one of the first orthopedic surgeons in the valley to introduce knee replacements and arthroscopic surgery. In 1981, Dr. Cooper opened The Knee Center in Wilkes-Barre to further specialize in the care and treatment of knee and lower extremity disorders. He has personally performed more than 6,000 arthroscopic surgeries, ligament repairs and knee replacements. In terms of actually performing surgeries, as opposed to having interns and residents handle the cases, Dr. Cooper is one of the most experienced knee surgeons in the world, as well as being board certified for life by the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, the highest honor that any medical specialist practicing in the U.S. can obtain. As a sought after speaker by many national organizations, he has spoken at the national conferences of the American Bar Association, and the Risk Insurance Management Society national meetings in New Orleans and Atlanta. Dr. Cooper is an adjunct professor at Binghamton University and Kings University. He is also a frequent guest lecturer at Binghamton University, Kings University and the University of Scranton. Dr. Cooper has been a private pilot for over 30 years, and enjoys flying his turbine Bonanza to conferences and lectures.
ASHTON E. THOMAS is the owner of the Law Offices of Ashton E. Thomas in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where he concentrates his practice in personal injury, workers' compensation, commercial litigation, DUI and DWI, and appeals. Admitted to practice in New Jersey, Mr. Thomas is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Municipal Court Practice Section and Federal Practice and Procedure Section. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, in the United States Courts of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and in the Supreme Court of the United States. He has also been a municipal prosecutor in Elizabeth Municipal Court since 1994 and his articles have appeared in the New Jersey Law Journal and other publications. Mr. Thomas earned his B.A. degree from the State University of New York at Albany and his J.D. degree from George Washington University’s National Law Center.
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