Illustrated Medical Lectures

S&A recognizes the growing need for education in the field of medical litigation, and we are pleased to offer medical lectures to defense attorneys, their staff, professional associations, and insurance professionals. Request your free medical lecture today!


Obesity and Bariatric Surgery

Obesity is a growing epidemic in the US, with more than one-third of adults characterized as obese. There is a growing interest in bariatric surgery as treatment for obesity, in fact, about 1.4 million bariatric procedures have been done in the last 10 years. This illustrated lecture explores the problems associated with obesity as well as the different bariatric surgical techniques available. It demonstrates the associated risks, benefits, and complication rates in relation to patient compliance in order to understand bariatric surgery in the medical malpractice arena. (Approximately 90 minutes total)

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Stroke: A Cerebrovascular Accident

This illustrated lecture instructs on the anatomy and pathology of strokes. It discusses the different types of strokes, diagnostic testing, available/effective treatments, and overall outcomes, in order to examine claims of malpractice negligence from the defense perspective. (Approximately 1 hour total)

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Although an estimated 8.3% of the US population, about 25.8 million people, have some form of diabetes, it is rarely the subject of malpractice suits. It is, however, a contributory condition in many cases. This illustrated lecture explores this disease and considers the role of diabetes in poor medical outcomes, from shoulder dystocia, to heart disease, wound healing, neuropathy, and blindness among many others. (Approximately 1 hour total)

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Deep Vein Thrombosis and
Pulmonary Embolism

DVT and PE are both preventable and treatable conditions and are in fact, the leading cause of preventable death in hospitalized patients in the US. This illustrated lecture examines deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism as well as their risk factors, signs, and treatment. It discusses the standard of care and risks/benefits to procedures as well as treatments that often lead to allegations of medical negligence. (Approximately 45 minutes total)

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Cardiology: Anatomy, Physiology & Pathology

This illustrated lecture explores the complex topic of the human heart. It explains the basics of heart anatomy, development, and function before delving into the complicated pathologies and associated conditions that can negatively impact the patient.

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Case Study: Visual Defense Strategy

Tailored to the topic of your choice, this illustrated lecture will demonstrate the effective use of demonstrative evidence in medical malpractice actions. Take advantage of our 18 years of expertise in medical malpractice litigation and dig into our treasure trove to explore the most effective visual strategies in defense cases. Visit our blog, Talking Defense, at for an idea of possible topics; this lecture will utilize pertinent case studies, graphics, animations, and interactives, as applicable.

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General Complications of Surgery

Surgery is an integral part of health care today, with an estimated 234 million operations performed yearly around the world. Although the rate of intraoperative morbidity is less than 1%, the rate of surgical complications ranges from 3-17%. This illustrated lecture explores complications commonly encountered during a wide variety of surgeries in medical malpractice litigation. It examines general surgical techniques and advances, as well as concepts such as infection, wound healing, adhesions, and perforation, in depth, in order to evaluate potential alternative causations for allegations of negligence.

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Gall Bladder Surgery

Gall bladder surgery remains a large area of litigation, usually involving allegations of negligent damage to a duct or other anatomy, or even negligence in the type of surgery selected (open v. laparoscopic). By visually examining the anatomy, physiology, and pathology of the gallbladder, this lecture then considers the available treatments, their indications and contraindications, and subsequent complications in order to put medical malpractice allegations in perspective.

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Shoulder Dystocia

Shoulder dystocia is the second largest category of indemnity payments in obstetrics due to its potential for causing significant and lifelong injury to the infants who experience it. This illustrated lecture shows what occurs during this complication as well as the mechanisms of infant and maternal injury. It further explores the risk factors, management, and alternative causations of this birth injury. (Approximately 90 minutes)

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Myocardial Infarction: Timing, Treatment, and Outcomes

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States today. People of all ages and backgrounds are affected, and subsequently, myocardial infarctions are often the subject of medical malpractice suits. This lecture explores the anatomy and risk factors of this often-silent killer, in relation to the most current methods of diagnosis and treatment in order to put claims of medical negligence in perspective. (Approximately 1 hour total)

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Geriatrics and Nursing Home

This illustrated lecture focuses on the anatomy and medical pathologies related to aging. Nursing homes have become a huge subject of medical malpractice litigation, with a plethora of cases involving decubitus ulcers, strokes, and hip replacements, among other topics. This lecture explores these problems of litigation in depth and investigates alternative causations in the absence of negligence. (Approximately 1 hour)

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Anatomy for the Litigator

This illustrated lecture gives a broad overview the basic anatomy and physiology of all body systems that may be encountered in medical malpractice litigation. It also touches on common pathologies encountered in these systems, based on actual cases. This lecture covers ophthalmology, dermatology, respiratory, GI, neurological, musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, reproductive, and urinary anatomy, and can also be tailored to include or explore specific anatomy and pathology as requested. (Approximately 6 hours, can be divided into two sessions, or broken down into specific anatomical lectures)

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Cancer and Medical Malpractice Litigation

Characterized by rapid and uncontrolled local growth of abnormal cells followed by their spread to nearby and distant sites, cancer is a disease with multiple etiologies. This illustrated lecture discusses issues in the medicine and litigation involving failure to diagnose and treat various cancers. This lecture is made up of a series of smaller lectures on breast, lung, and colon cancers, which can be given separately or mixed/matched. (Approximately 3 hours total — less for individual topics)

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