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Essential Skills for Medical Legal and Expert Witnesses


This One-Day course is designed for individuals who are wishing to improve or refresh their skills for Medical/Legal work and for individuals who are either considering Medical/Legal work or are new to the field.  Participants will have the opportunity to explore and improve their skills for doing Medical Legal Work.   Attendees will receive education to ensure a basic foundation and understanding of Medical/Legal work as well as an opportunity for role play and development of their skills and abilities for various aspects of Medical/Legal work including Expert Testimony.

* PLEASE NOTE: Contact hours granted for this course are subject to approval from each state or organization.

Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

Course participants will develop an understanding of the following topics:

  1. Basic and Common Legal Terminology
  2. Personal Injury Litigation
  3. The Role of an Expert Witness
  4. Grounds to Challenge the Admissibility of Expert Evidence
  5. How to Prepare a Medical Legal Report
  6. Common Rules of Courts related to Medical Legal Reports
  7. How Detailed Should Medical Legal Reports be
  8. How to Prepare for Giving Expert Testimony
  9. Court Etiquette and Rules

Course participants will also have the opportunity to participate in simulated court room testimony including Cross Examination.  Participants will receive feedback on their participation.

Who Should Attend

Any one wishing to improve, learn or refresh their skills in Medical/Legal and Expert Testimony work

Educational Level


Contact Hours

7 Hours (Lecture, Group Work and Role Play)

The Matheson Difference; in order to enhance the learning experience, these learning tools will be used in the curriculum:

The resource will be available through the Matheson web site. Students may visit the site to review evaluation tests and techniques at their own pace.

Workshop Hours

Registration on the first day is from 8 – 8:30 a.m.
Subsequent day begins at 8 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m. with a one-hour lunch break at 12 noon and two 15 minute breaks around 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Course Approvals

AOTA CEU’s awarded based upon completion of the course in its entirety.

Cancellation Policy

Matheson Education and Training Solutions LLC
166 South River Road Suite 240
Bedford, NH 03110
Phone: 1-800-443-7690 (Toll Free)
603-358-6525 (Int’l)
Fax: 603-358-0116

Wayne Enright, Reg. OT (BC), CWCE

Wayne is a cofounder and director of OrionHealth Care Inc, which has six clinics in Western Canada.   He works out of the OrionHealth Burnaby (Progressive Rehab) office in British Columbia.   He is a senior occupational therapist.  His primary areas of practice have included over 28 years of medical/legal consulting, functional capacity evaluations and cost of future care/life care planning evaluations.   Wayne has extensive experience mentoring new clinicians and has testified as an Expert Witness in the Supreme Court of British Columbia on close to 100 occasions.

Wayne has coauthored a number of scientific research studies pertaining to functional capacity testing.

Orientation, Introduction to Course and Course Objectives

8:15 – 8:30

Understanding the Basics of Litigation

8:30 to 8:45

Expert Witness versus Lay Witness

8:45 to 9:15

Litigation Processes including Methods of Dispute Resolution

9:15 to 9:45

Preparation for Medical Legal Work

9:45 to 10:15


10:15 to 10:30


Reviewing Clinical Records/Documentation

10:30 to 10:45

How to deal with surveillance evidence

10:45 to 11:00

Differences between Medical/Legal and Non-Med/Legal Reports

11:00 to 11:15

Addressing requests for Draft Reports and Changes to a Report

11:15 to 11:30

Preparing to give Expert Evidence in Court

11:30 to 12:00


12:00 to 1:00

Giving Testimony – Court Etiquette

1:00 to 1:30

Court Simulation Exercises and Experience

1:30 to 2:15

Working with Clients who represent themselves

2:15 to 2:30


2:30 to 2:45

Documentation Tips; Improving Defensibility of Reports

2:45 to 3:15

Rebuttal Evidence:  Critiquing Other Clinicians Reports

3:15 to 3:45

Further Court Simulation/Recommendations

3:45 to 4:30

Wrap Up/Final Questions

4:30 to 4:45

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