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AssessMed Sponsors TLABC Conference in Costa Rica

Posted on February 22nd, 2019 by Don Kunkel

TLABC Conference in Costa RicaWe are excited to share some highlights from our recent adventure with the TLABC in Costa Rica! With over 50 attendees, including trial lawyers, medical professionals, and sponsors, set off on what can only be described as an educational adventure.

This crew of wonderful people set off on their adventure, most coming from Vancouver, and eventually ended up in San Hose, where the first night of the journey began. After an early rise, we set out for our first excursion, a river cruise! Led by expert tour guides attendees saw lush plant life, birds, reptiles, and even a sloth! It was a great way to kick off the conference!

The conference itself was set deep in the heart of the Costa Rican rainforest in the community of La Fortuna, which literally translates to “the fortune.” After a scenic bus ride, we arrived and settled in before a warm welcome dinner! This included Costa Rican food and performances from local talented dancers.

Still sounding like all play and no work? The next morning, in the lush green rainforest of La Fortuna, members of the TLABC came to hear speakers lecture on top of mind topics providing valuable insight and education.

Day One

The topics for day 1 included:

  • Strategies for Leveraging the Role of the Family Physician for Injured Clients
  • No Fault Insurance in BC
  • How Risk Factors Influence Rehabilitation and Future Care Recommendations
  • Mild Traumatic Brain Injury and Concussion
  • The Relationship Between TBI and Chronic Pain

After a great first day of learning, many of the attendees set out to hike the volcano! This guided tour was a chance to learn more about the history of the volcanos and get a bit of a workout in!

Day Two

Another day of learning in paradise! The topics for day 2 included:

  • Neuropsychology and the Challenges of the “Invisible Injury”
  • The Intersection Between Neuropsychology, Neurology, and Psychiatry
  • Unweaving the Trauma Web: Clients With Pre-Existing Psychological Trauma
  • Cycling in the City: A Crash Course on PTSD and Exposure Therapy

It was after this day of learning that attendees braved the challenge of zip lining through the rainforest. It was a scenic endorphin rush that felt like a fast-paced ride through Jurassic Park! After that crazy adventure, attendees came together for some great networking at the AssessMed Networking Cocktail Party. Lots of laughs were had, connections were made, and toasts were given to the brave zip liners! From there, it was off to town for a true Costa Rican dinner!

Day Three

The third and final day of the conference included more great speakers who lectured on topics including:

  • Assisting Families Successfully Transition After the Marriage Dissolves Post-Brain Injury
  • Writing Med-Legal Reports for Fun qnd Profit: Tips and the Burden of Proof
  • Introduction to Winning Case Preparation
  • Keynote Speaker Justice Joel Groves on the “View From The Bench”

To wrap up this final day in paradise, attendees went to the volcanic hot springs nestled on one of the volcanos in La Fortuna. The evening was capped off with a lovely dinner volcano side.

Heading Home

The next morning, we went back to San Hose for the final leg of the journey, but it was not without a few key stops along the way.

These stops included:

  • a tour of a coffee plantation
  • a quick stop for souvenirs
  • a tour of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica

For the last evening, we enjoyed a final meal together and reminisced about the memories created on this Costa Rican adventure!

We at AssessMed were honoured to be a sponsor of this great event and thank the TLABC for this amazing opportunity. We look forward to the next adventure!


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About Don Kunkel

I am the President of AssessMed, a company that specializes in providing unbiased, evidence-based medical assessments and file reviews. I have over 25 years of experience, and many years of leadership in the insurance industry, working as an insurance adjuster and representative before moving into the Independent Medical Evaluation area in 2001. The continued success of AssessMed relies on our focus and dedication to our clients; adjusters, legal professionals, and HR consultants all of whom have very different requirements. We pride ourselves on our commitment to exceptional customer service to help make the process simpler for every individual involved.

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