The Life Expectancy Symposium

Personal Injury Claims: The Big Questions


SIMI Media together with SHA Inc have partnered together to host the Life Expectancy Symposium – Personal Injury Claims: The Big Questions. The symposium brings under one roof international and local practitioners in personal injury litigation, doctors, therapists and other health professionals, statisticians, actuaries, case managers, and relevant government officials.

The importance of life expectancy projections cannot be over-emphasised. The final award values for personal injury claims are largely dependent on the projected life expectancy of the injured or compromised claimant.

Unique to this symposium is the global perspective it takes while keeping a strong local bias in addressing related challenges in the area of personal injury in general and medical malpractice in particular. The keynote speaker is Dr Scott J. Kush, a world renowned medical statistician specialising in the area of life expectancy as it relates to personal injury litigation.

Topic highlights include:

  • The body of knowledge and research necessary to make intelligent life expectancy projections that track the evolution in the lives of persons who suffer specific neurological and other dieseases
  • Life expectancy considerations in conducting and documenting patient assessments
  • Global perspectives and similar experiences in countries such as the US, Australia, UK and Japan


Dr Scott Kush

Dr Scott Kush – Keynote Speaker

Qualified in Medicine, Public Health and Law, Dr Kush is a senior medical researcher with the Life Expectancy Group headquartered in San Francisco, California, USA. He is a life expectancy expert.  His focus is on life expectancy in general medical conditions, persistent vegetative state, traumatic brain injuries, cerebral palsy, and spinal cord injuries.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine. He has worked as an expert on over a thousand cases and testified in numerous depositions and trials. He regularly serves as a life expectancy expert and expert witness in the U.S., Canada, Australia, South Africa, and the UK.

Dr Yatish Kara

Dr Yatish Kara

Dr Kara is a paediatrician in private practice in Durban. He provides expert opinions on life expectancy using the dynamic combination of clinical knowledge and life expectancy studies published by clinicians and statisticians in the USA. Keeping local specifics in mind, he always tries to adapt the data from the USA publications to cater for South Africa as there is currently no reference standard for life expectancy in South Africa for the subgroup of children with cerebral palsy or other major disabilities.

Mr Wim Loots

Mr Wil Loots

Wim Loots is a qualified Actuary with over 20 years  consulting experience. His main area of specialisation is the quantification of damages for personal injury matters. He has been involved in numerous large or high profile claims and has appeared as expert witness in Court. He is a Fellow of the Actuarial Society of South Africa (ASSA) and is also Chairman of the Damages and Compensation Committee of ASSA.

Advocate PJ de Bruyn SC

Advocate PJ de Bruyn SC

Having joined the Port Elizabeth Bar in 1971, Advocate de Bruyn took silk in 1988 and has practiced ever since. His illustrious legal career includes occasions where he acted as a Judge of the High Court in both the Eastern Cape and Western Cape.


Andiswa Gowa

Andiswa Gowa

Andiswa is a seasoned occupational therapist with a sterling professional reputaion andvast experience as an Occupational Therapist specialising in medico legal work. Her medico legal work experience is widely recognised in South Africa as she boasts years of acting as an active expert witness in KwaZulu Natal, Eastern Cape and Gauteng provinces. She is a Director at Andiswa Gowa Practice (AGP) an occupational therapy based practise functioning under the auspices of the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA). She is also a Director at SIMI Healthcare Solutions, a company that focuses on medico legal assessment and case management. To her business stable, she has recently added a unit that deals with litigation funding and support for civil matters.

Shivesh Haripersad

Shivesh Haripersad

Shivesh Haripersad is a qualified attorney, and the Director of Shivesh Haripersad and Associates Inc. (SHA inc). He is a member of the KZN Law Society. He has a special interest in personal injury litigation with a focus on medical malpractice and issues surrounding liability, causality, damages and life expectancy. He has been involved either through direct litigation or working as a consultant in over a thousand cases in the last 10 years. He has also worked with experts in the field across the world and has been instrumental in the training and advice of many persons in the field locally.


REGISTRATION 08h00 – 09h00

PLENARY 09h00 – 13h00


Shivesh Haripersad
Attorney & Director of Shivesh Haripersad & Associates Inc

Andiswa Gowa
Occupational Therapist, Managing Director of SIMI Healthcare Solutions and SIMI Media


Mr Sifiso Mtshali
Head of Department – KwaZulu Natal Department of Health

Ms Ntsoaki Kunene
Regional Manager – Road Accident Fund


Dr Yatish Kara
A Paediatrician’s perspective on Life Expectancy


Mr Wim Loots
An Actuary’s perspective on Life Expectancy and the relationship with Quantum calculations

Mid Morning Tea Break 10h30 – 11h00


Advocate PJ de Bruyn
An Advocate’s perspective on dealing with Life Expectancy


Dr Scott J Kush
Medical Researcher
Life Expectancy Group, California, USA
An in-depth take on Life Expectancy

LUNCH at the Ocean Breeze Restaurant – 13h00 – 14h00

PANEL DISCUSSION + Q & A 14h00 – 15h30

Facilitators: Andiswa Gowa and Shivesh Haripersad




The Life Expectancy Symposium – Personal Injury Claims: The Big Questions

Venue: Southern Sun Elangeni Maharani Hotel, 63 Snell Parade, North Beach Durban
Date: 27 October 2017
Time: 08:00 – 16:30