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Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Attends Traumatic Brain Injury Seminar


Atlanta – April 8, 2009

Atlanta legal nurse consultant, Liz Buddenhagen, RN, CLNC, attended the Georgia Bar Association CLE seminar Traumatic Brain Injury on March 31, 2009.

What drew Buddenhagen “was the medical topic – right up my firm’s alley, the discussion on Medicare Set-Aside – one of our newer services, and the fact that we love continuing education.”

Here’s what was covered:

Imaging studies of the brain, CT and MRI, were discussed by a neuroradiologist from Emory. E. Marcus Davis, Esq. followed and talked about proving damages in the adult traumatic brain injury case.

Medicare Set-Aside issues were presented next with discussion about the liability attorney’s 2009 requirement to take Medicare’s interest into consideration when settlement is approaching.

Workers’ Compensation attorneys are familiar with the requirements regarding Medicare’s interest, and Medicare has issued guidelines over the years intended for Workers’ Compensation attorneys. There are no current CMS guidelines for the liability attorneys.

“Medicare Set-Aside allocation is an effective way to take Medicare’s interest into consideration”, says Buddenhagen.

Public benefits and special needs issues were presented by David Pollan, Esq., of Atlanta, particularly the use of trusts to protect Medicare and Medicaid eligibility.

The morning session was closed out by Dan Miears, who presented his own story - before and after his catastrophic brain and spinal cord injury. He is currently a Professional Rehabilitation Specialist in Marietta, Georgia.

Katherine Ingram, Esq., MEDCOM, Warriors in Transition Battalion, Ft. Stewart, Hinesville, Georgia, opened the afternoon session and spoke to obtaining disability benefits for brain injured active military personnel and veterans. Ingram mentioned volunteer opportunities for attorneys available to assist the impacted troops.

Ingram says “traumatic brain injury has emerged as a leading injury among Service members.
The widespread use of improvised explosive devices, such as roadside bombs, in these combat theatres, increases the likelihood that Service members will be exposed to incidents that can cause TBI.”

Peter Law, Esq., of Peter A. Law, P.C., Atlanta, revved up the group with a riveting talk about maximizing damages in a brain injury case and trial effectiveness and efficiency. Mr. Law concurrently demonstrated and described his new and improved trial techniques.

Winding up the day, a neuropsychologist at The Sheperd Center discussed using neuropsychological evidence to determine the validity of a traumatic brain injury claim.

Buddenhagen likes the CLE seminars. “An independent legal nurse is essentially a ’Virtual Legal Nurse.’ It is fun to meet and network with attorneys in person during the seminars.”

For more information about legal nurse consulting in the Atlanta area, call Liz Buddenhagen, Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, at Buddenhagen & Associates – 770-725-2997. Visit the company website at


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