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Spine Injuries: Demonstrating or Disputing Existence and Extent Using Diagnostics, Expert and Treating Witnesses

A live 90-minute CLE video webinar with interactive Q&A

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Thursday, June 20, 2024

1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT

Early Registration Discount Deadline, Friday, May 24, 2024

or call 1-800-926-7926

This CLE course will offer guidance to personal injury attorneys proving the existence and extent of spinal injuries. The panel will explore difficulties in identifying spinal injuries, overcoming recurrent defenses, working with the right experts for different types of injuries, and quantifying what may seem like "invisible" damages.


Spinal injuries are a frequent result of events with impact forces: motor vehicle accidents, workers' compensation cases, premises liability lawsuits, construction accidents, and many others. These injuries can affect a myriad of areas of the spine and some of these common injuries can be difficult to identify and diagnose.

Diagnostic imaging is a helpful tool, although it should not be singularly relied on to identify these injuries. Instead, a holistic understanding of injury causation, symptomology, testing, and treatment modalities is needed for a personal injury attorney (either plaintiff or defense) to be able to recognize possible spinal injuries in injured parties.

The impact of these injuries and likely future outlook of the plaintiff must be addressed by multiple treaters and experts to properly prepare these issues for trial. The selection, preparation, and deposition of treating physicians and expert witnesses will also be discussed in this webinar.

Listen as our experienced panel discusses demonstrating or disputing the existence and extent of spine injuries using an understanding of anatomy, diagnostic testing, and the use of treating and expert witnesses.



  1. Causes of spine injuries
  2. Categories of spine injuries
  3. Selection and effective use of experts
  4. Diagnosing spine injuries
    1. Causation
    2. Symptomology
  5. Persuading the trier of fact


The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What is the difference between a spinal cord injury and a back injury?
  • What areas of the spine can hide invisible or hard to diagnose injuries and why are they difficult to find?
  • What is a holistic understanding of injury causation, testing, and treatment modalities and why is it needed?


DeGaetano, Matthew
Dr. Matthew J. DeGaetano

Program Director and Founder
Personal Injury Institute & Axon Medical Centers

Licensed as a chiropractor, Dr. DeGaetano has worked with medical doctors, chiropractors and law firms all over the...  |  Read More

Leary, Olivia
Olivia K. Leary

Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver

Ms. Leary is an associate in the Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver, PC (“RLS”) Personal Injury and...  |  Read More

de St. Phalle, Eustace
Eustace de Saint Phalle

Rains Lucia Stern St. Phalle & Silver

Mr. de Saint Phalle has established himself as one of California’s top personal injury trial lawyers, having...  |  Read More

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