The Liver Building

2018 Occupational Disease Conference – accredited by APIL Training


Speaker: Various

Date: Wednesday 5th December, 2018

Time: 09:30 - 15:15

Areas of Law: Civil Litigation; Personal Injury

Liverpool Law Society,
2nd Floor Helix,
Edmund Street,
L3 9NY

Course Code: S4001


9.10 – 9.30am Registration

9.30 – 9.35am Welcome & opening address ~ DJ Lee Jenkinson

9.35 – 10.15am Case Law Updates in Disease 2018 ~ Neil Burke & Judith Peters, Weightmans 

  • Dishonesty in Limitation
  • QOCS and Multiple Defendants
  • Contribution claims between insurers in Mesothelioma claims
  • Reduction in Hourly Rate not a good reason to depart from budget
  • Forum shopping in Asbestos claims

10.15– 11.00am Using guidelines for diagnosis and quantification of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) ~ Professor Mark Lutman

  • Use of guidelines in NIHL cases has become almost standard now, leading to greater consistency among experts and shorter (cheaper) reports
  • Guidelines are there to assist experts but not to restrict opinion in individual cases
  • Acceptance of guidelines offers possibilities for computer-assisted diagnosis and quantification, with potential further cost savings or earlier settlement/discontinuance of claims

11.15– 11.15am Refreshments

11.15 – 12pm Controversies in the diagnosis and quantification of noise induce hearing loss remain ~ Mr Zeitoun

  • Common areas of disagreement in the diagnosis
  • Limitations of pure tone audiometry and CERA testing
  • LCB 2015 application and limitations in practice
  • Is there a place for speech to noise ratio testing

12 – 12.45pm “Now I know…” Some Aspects of the Law on Limitation as it affects Disease Litigation ~ Andrew Pickering, Atlantic Chambers
• Significant Injury under Section 14
• Actual and constructive knowledge
• Evidential cogency and prejudice under Section 33
• The relevance of proportionality and the size of the claim
• Some recent cases

12.45 – 1.30pm Lunch

1.30 – 2.15pm   Asbestosis- Exposure and liability issues ~ Tim Wallis, Pragma

  • Helsinki criteria in the context of asbestosis
  • Development of knowledge
  • Future incidence
  • Dose assessment methodology
  • Uncertainties in dose assessment
  • Evidence in the context of dose assessment
  • Dose assessment worked examples

2.15 – 3pm   Establishing Liability in Work Related Upper Limb Disorder cases (HAVS/RSI) ~ Gary Reynolds, 7 Harrington St

  • What to look for
  • Establishing breach of duty
  • Establishing causation
  • Engineering and medical evidence
  • Quantum
  • Limitation

3 – 3.15pm    Closing comments ~ DJ Lee Jenkinson

Accredited by APIL Training –  CPD hours: 5 Level:  Litigator & Snr Litigator



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