Hot Topics: My Patient Has Persistent Nerve Injury! What to Do in a Court of Law

June 14, 2022, 7:00-8:00 pm ET

Live Webinar & Acute Pain/Regional Anesthesia Hot Topics Installment for June

Gavel and scales of justice

Join us for a mock trial discussion involving a case of peripheral nerve injury with a lawyer and an expert witness discussing proper documentation, patient follow up, and overcoming the challenges of a malpractice suit.

This webinar offers 1 CME credit. It is free for members.

Webinar recording is available to ASRA Pain Medicine members and registrants of the event. Email for assistance.





7:00 pm – Welcome and Introduction – Jaime Baratta, MD, Moderator

7:03 pm – Peripheral Nerve Injury Mock Trial – Andrew K. Worek, Esq., and John Wenzel, MD

7:23 pm – Lessons Learned: Documentation, Patient Follow-up, and Overcoming the Challenges of a Malpractice Suit – David Hardman, MD, MBA, FASA

7:40 pm – Q&A 



View all faculty disclosures.

Scientific/Education Planning Committee:

Andrea Chadwick, MD; University of Kansas School of Medicine, Leawood, KS
Ki-Jinn Chin, MBBS, FANZC, FRCPC; Toronto Western Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
Steven Cohen, MD; Johns Hopkins & Walter Reed, Clarksville, MD
Samer Narouze, MD, PhD; Western Reserve Hospital, Cuyahoga Falls, OH

Dr. Jaime Baratta

Jaime Baratta, MD, is an associate professor of anesthesiology and director of regional anesthesia as well as the director of the regional anesthesia and acute pain fellowship in the department of anesthesiology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA. She received her medical degree from Jefferson Medical College. After serving five years as a medical officer in the United States Navy, she completed her residency and fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University. She is the vice-chair of the ASRA Wellness Special Interest Group, serves on the ASRA Faculty Development Committee, and serves as the regional anesthesia faculty advisor on the ASRA Resident Section Committee. 

Andrew Worek, Esq

Andrew K. Worek, Esq. is a partner in the firm of Post & Post LLC, which specializes in defending physicians and hospital against medical malpractice and professional liability claims.  Mr. Worek also represents and defends physicians in licensure hearings.  Mr. Worek focuses his practices within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the State of New Jersey in both state and Federal Courts.  Mr. Worek has 31 years of experience as a trial attorney.  

Dr. John Wenzel
John Wenzel, MD, graduated from Villanova University with a degree in biology, followed by medical school at Drexel University College of Medicine. He completed his anesthesia residency at Thomas Jefferson University where he also pursued a fellowship in regional anesthesia and acute pain medicine. John has remained faculty at Thomas Jefferson University where his current interests include regional anesthesia, obstetric anesthesia, and clinical OR management. 

Dr. David Hardman

David Hardman, MD, MBA, FASA, is a professor of anesthesiology and vice-chair for professional affairs at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  He previously served as a subspecialty regional anesthesiology faculty member and residency program director at Duke University.  Dr. Hardman has expertise in nerve injury after peripheral nerve block and regularly consults as an expert witness defending anesthesiologists who have experienced neurologic complications after peripheral nerve blocks.



To receive your CME certificate
  1. Download the Credit Claim Form.
  2. Indicate the number of hours you attended (credit will be verified against registration).
  3. Send the completed form to
  4. Your certificate will be emailed to you within 1 week.
Educational objectives

After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the best practices to adhere to during a malpractice suit.
  • Recall the key aspects of documentation and follow-up after peripheral nerve injury.

Target Audience

The ASRA Pain Medicine CME program provides educational activities to physicians, residents, fellows, nurse practitioners, medical students, anesthesia assistants, respiratory therapists, hospital procurement personnel, and operating room managers. ASRA Pain Medicine supports an interdisciplinary and interprofessional approach to continuing education and patient care by also providing relevant education for other healthcare professionals not directly engaging in interventional regional anesthesia and/or pain medicine procedures. ASRA Pain Medicine offers learning opportunities to the national and international healthcare community.

Accreditation and credit designation statements
Credits by DayMaximum
June 14, 20221.00
Total Credits:1.00



The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine designates this an internet live course for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

PAs (Physicians Assistants): AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 1.00 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.

Nurse Practitioners: The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™

Registered Nurses: Regulations dictate that only physicians may earn CME credits; however, many state Boards of Registered Nursing accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME. Attendees are responsible for confirming their specific board’s acceptance of ASRA Pain Medicine-provided credits. This activity has been approved for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™

The American Board of Anesthesiology® MOCA®1

Credit Reporting to the ABA: ASRA Pain Medicine is an ABA-approved provider and, as a service to ASRA Pain Medicine members and participants, CME credits are reported to the ABA. Participants must include their correctly formatted ABA ID number (34567890) during the online evaluation and credit claim process available at the conclusion of the activity. Once the online evaluation and credit claim process is closed, certificates will be issued and credits reported to the ABA. After this time, participants may request their CME certificate by contacting, but ASRA Pain Medicine will no longer report credits to the ABA, which will then be the individual participant’s responsibility.

International credits

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Disclosure and mitigation of personal conflicts of interest

View all faculty disclosures. In accordance with the ACCME’s Standards for Integrity and Independence and related policies, ASRA Pain Medicine is committed to ensuring balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in its continuing medical education and continuing professional development activities. Those in control of the educational content disclose all relationships (financial or other) with any ineligible company that they have had within the past 24 months. If an individual refuses to disclose, they are disqualified from participating. Disclosure information is evaluated to determine relevance and conflicts of interest mitigated. Disclosure of all relevant financial relationships is made to participants prior to the activity. Participants are asked to evaluate the objectivity and independence. Off-label or investigational use of a therapeutic product also is disclosed.

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