About the Author
Dorothy Sims grew up in
Dorothy and her husband have five children. Her hobbies include traveling to strange places that most people would pay not to go to and sailing. (Well, actually, she really only enjoys sitting on a sailboat while it’s tied to the dock, drinking red wine and reading trashy novels. Going out in the water still scares the Hell out of her.) Her hobbies also include making prayer flags. Dorothy is Buddhist by faith, but not a very good Buddhist because she drinks that red wine, doesn’t sit still well enough to meditate much, and caves in to the calling of the occasional cheeseburger.
Dorothy practiced workers’ compensation law and
was the first woman to chair the Workers’ Compensation Section
of the Florida Bar. She also practiced Social Security
disability law for over 25 years. After seeing multiple abuses
visited upon her clients by sketchy defense experts, she spent
over a decade studying psychological tests, physical exams,
anatomy and electrodiagnostic studies. Although she has no
formal training in medicine or psychology, she has several
thousand hours of time invested in learning how some
defense-oriented medical experts (DMEs) manipulate the data. She
has traveled throughout the
Dorothy is also retained by lawyers to go to their offices and provide private seminars on issues involving:
- Cross-examination of medical and vocational experts.
- How to research DMEs and what to do with the research.
- How to research medical causation and disability issues; how to store the research; and how to interpret the articles.
- How to read DME reports and identify what was misrepresented or omitted; how to recognize patterns of deceit.
- How to conduct research instantly, in the middle of cross-examination.
- How to reduce overhead and use technology and the internet to maximize benefits to clients and reduce costs and workload for attorneys.
Lawyers have requested that Dorothy bring her lead paralegal to teach other paralegals how to perform background searches on doctors and analyze the information for the attorney, as well as how and where to store it; how to download software; and how to and arrange for depositions by video-phone.
Ms. Sims volunteers in pro bono cases in civil and criminal matters. She can be contacted via www.ocalaw.com.