Developing Damages Through the Medicine of Lifestyle

Published by Michigan Association for Justice and South Carolina Association for Justice


Serious injuries almost always result in substantial changes in lifestyle. For example, how often have you represented a client who suffered a serious injury and then developed depression, inability to participate in physical activity, or a deterioration of their social network? Sadly, it happens in nearly every case. Yet, as an advocate, have you properly evaluated the damages associated with these lifestyle changes? Have you considered the recent medical literature that analyzes how changes in lifestyle statistically affects one’s morbidity and mortality? This program will highlight some of the recent medical literature and explain how that literature can be used a develop a new approach to non-economic damages.

Thomas Sinas
Tom Sinas is a trial lawyer who has spent his career representing injured individuals and serving the public. He is a partner at the law firm and manages its downtown Grand Rapids office. He focuses his practice on personal injury, auto negligence and auto no-fault litigation.

Tom has tried to verdict civil and criminal cases in several Midwestern states. He has also lectured and authored numerous articles on trial practice and substantive law.

Tom earned both a Bachelor of...More

Originally Published

April 25, 2017

Program Titles and Supporting Materials

This program contains the following components:

  • Developing Damages Through the Medicine of Lifestyle - Video
  • Developing Damages Through the Medicine of Lifestyle - paper

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Join the self-paced program from your office, home, or hotel room using a computer and high speed internet connection. You may start and stop the program at your convenience, continue where you left off, and review supporting materials as often as you like. Please note: Internet Explorer is no longer a supported browser. We recommend using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari for best results.

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