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Anatomy for Lawyers: A Medical-Legal Guide for Presenting or Defending Musculoskeletal Injuries with Samuel D. Hodge, Jr. | OnDEMAND

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Anatomy For Lawyers: A Medical-Legal Guide for Presenting or Defending Musculoskeletal Injuries

with Samuel D. Hodge, Jr.

Sam Hodge teaches anatomy and the law with boundless enthusiasm. He is a skilled litigator who has taught medical topics for more than 25 years.​

Musculoskeletal disorders are the largest category of workplace injuries and account for the majority of personal injury claims. Knowing the real mechanism of a back, shoulder, or knee injury or what is and is not trauma-related is crucial to your success as an advocate. In plain-English, and with a sharp focus on the challenges you face, Sam Hodge will keep you in stitches as he explains the nuances of the spine and upper and lower extremities is an easy to understand manner that will allow you to better evaluate or defend your case.

This entertaining and valuable journey will take you inside the human body through videos, illustrations and animations as you learn the parts of the body that are most susceptible to injury and those that are not. Professor Hodge, will explain how diagnosis are made and the particulars of medical tests and surgical procedure from the unique perspective of a very successful litigator and teacher.

  • Learn how injuries to the spine, knee and shoulder really occur. 

  • Learn about muscles, ligaments, tendons and fascia.

  • Find out the real difference between a sprain and a strain.

  • Become comfortable with the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system.

  • Find out how x-rays, Ct-scans and MRIs work as you read actual films.

  • Experience what few attorneys have ever done by going into the anatomy lab and operating room to see what the body really looks like and how operations are performed.

Program Agenda & Detail

5 Hours, 51 Minutes Include 1 Ethics Credit

[Part I: 1 Hour, 33 Minutes]

​Ethics in Medicine and the Law

Explore a variety of medical problems as you discuss the ethical issues involved with medical records and the doctor/patient relationship.

​Basics of the Musculoskeletal System: Bones, Joints, and Soft Tissue 

Discover the parts of the skeletal and muscular systems as you learn the purpose of bone, the function of a joint and the differences among muscles, ligament and tendons.

​​[Part II: 1 Hour, 26 Minutes]

​Basics of the Musculoskeletal System: Bones, Joints, and Soft Tissue (Cont'd)

Continue your journey through the human body as you learn the real difference between a sprain and a strain and explore the most common diagnostic studies as you discover how to read x-rays, CT Scans and MRIs.​​

[Part Ill: I Hour, 31 Minutes]

The Spine, Nerve Roots and Soft Tissues

The spine is the most common area injured but trauma to the back is often misunderstood. As you learn the parts of the spine, you will discover the mechanism of injury and what parts of the spine are injured and those that are not. Examine the soft tissues, the purpose of the nerve roots, and the various disk abnormalities. 

[Part IV: I Hour, 22 Minutes]

Back Surgeries
Go into the operating room to learn the real difference among the most common back surgeries. This knowledge will let you better understand the proper value of a back surgery case.

The Upper and Lower Extremities

Explore the anatomy of the shoulder, hand, and knee. Learn why a shoulder injury keeps people out of work the longest and what part of the rotator cuff in most injured. While the hand consists of 27 bones, you will be able to identify these structures and learn the medical jargon a doctor uses to describe an injury to these bones. The program will end with an examination of the knee as you discover that injuries to the ligaments are usually opposite of where the impact takes place.​




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Samuel D. Hodge, Jr
Temple University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Samuel D. Hodge, Jr.  is a mediator/ arbitrator with the Dispute Resolution Institute and a professor at Temple University where he teaches both law and anatomy. 
As a seasoned litigator he enjoyed an AV preeminent rating and has been named a Top Lawyer in Pennsylvania on multiple occasions. He is considered one of the most popular continuing legal education instructors in the country and has received multiple teaching awards including the Temple University Great Teacher Award and his Anatomy for Lawyers course was the recipient of the ACLEA Award for Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Legal Education.  His interactive teaching style has received national attention including stories in the New York Times, the Chronicle of Higher Education, the Philadelphia Inquirer, National Public Radio and television.  
In addition, he is the most published author on medical/legal matters in the country and his research has been cited in court opinions, legislation, law reviews and legal or medical journals. He has authored more than 170 articles and 10 books including Anatomy and Physiology for Legal Professionals, PBI Press, Head Trauma and Brain Injuries for Lawyers, ABA; The Spine, ABA; The Forensic Autopsy, ABA; Clinical Anatomy for Attorneys, ABA; the award-winning book, Anatomy for Litigators, ALI ABA; Law and Society McGraw Hill; The Legal Environment of Business, McGraw Hill and Thermography and Personal Injury Litigation, John Wiley and Sons. 
Mr. Hodge is a graduate of Temple University School of Law and the Graduate Legal Studies Division of the Law School. He has also received mediation training at the Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution and is a member of the American Association of Anatomists and the American College of Legal Medicine.