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Rethinking Harm in Personal Injury and Negligence Cases: Using Psychosocial Evaluations to Uncover Harm

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Produced on December 20, 2015

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Course Information

Time 75 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

Many attorneys, particularly in the fields of personal injury and medical malpractice, struggle to understand the injury their clients have suffered. In this course, attorney and forensic expert Mark Silver provides for the lawyer a useful and humanistic tool to better conceptualize and understand the harms that the client has suffered, such that the lawyer in question can advocate for the client in a more informed and holistic manner with a consideration for a broad range of harms that require just compensation.


Learning Objectives:

I.     Understand a new tool to add to a personal injury (or medical malpractice) practice to evaluate the harms clients have suffered for evaluation purposes

II.    Identify the possible psychological effects of harm from an injury in a much broader manner

III.   Recognize how to advocate for your client by understanding a broader range of harms

This course originally appeared as a part of our December 2015 Bridge the Gap Event.

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Mark Silver

Psychiatric Social Worker

Mark S. Silver is a lawyer and New York State Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a doctorate in psychology and the author of Handbook of Mitigation in Criminal and Immigration Forensics: Humanizing the Client Towards a Better Legal Outcome. Revised Sixth Edition. (2018). Since 2002, Mark has worked as a consultant for law firms throughout the United States conducting psychosocial evaluations and writing formal reports in forensic and mitigation immigration and criminal cases. He has worked with thousands of clients from about forty countries throughout the world on various individual, family, and mental health issues related to criminal conduct and deportation. He has also provided expert testimony in several dozen of these cases.


Craig A.

Very interesting speaker.

Donald G.

Truly enjoyed the presentation

Bonnie P.

I was a victim in a personal injury case long before I became an attorney. This course further perpetuated my sediment that it is difficult to understand what a client has gone through unless you have a walked in their shoes. I thoroughly enjoyed the course and took away several good ideas. Thank you.

Stephen S.

A sadly overlooked area of concern for clients.

Nancy P.

good speaker. raised some good things to think about during a PI case.

Amy W.

Great class!

Edward P.

This course was very interesting.

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