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Ensure a Favorable Finding for Your Client

An injury can impact the quality of someone's life for years to come - or permanently. Representing an injured party is an enormous responsibility. The techniques you use during a case will impact both your client's future well-being and your viability as a competent practitioner. Do you have the knowledge and skills you need to ensure a favorable outcome? At this information-packed seminar, you'll identify best practices for assessing a variety of personal injury cases, take a closer look at the statutes that govern liability and damages, and walk through the basics of settlement and litigation procedure. Whether this is your first case, or you just need a refresher, this is the course for you. Enroll today!

  • Build a solid foundation for your personal injury practice with an incisive overview of its key procedures and tactics.
  • Learn how to assess particular case types, including slip and fall, auto accident and product liability cases.
  • Get practical tips for conducting thorough investigations and productive interviews.
  • Come away with techniques for taking and defending depositions.
  • Understand the rules of evidence so yours doesn't get thrown out.
  • Find out how to determine when it's best to settle - and get the negotiating techniques you need for a favorable outcome.
  • Get a step-by-step overview of the personal injury trial and learn how to avoid the most common mistakes of new attorneys.

  1. STATUTES WHICH AFFECT LIABILITY EVALUATION
    9:00 - 10:00, Anthony Sheffy
    1. Statutes of Limitation
    2. Automobile Accident Statutes
    3. Injuries on Recreational Lands
    4. Sovereign Immunity
  2. UNDERSTANDING THE LAW OF DAMAGES
    10:15 - 11:00, Joseph D. Foti Jr.
    1. Economic Damages
    2. Non-Economic Damages
    3. Wrongful Death and Survival Claims
  3. BASICS OF CIVIL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
    11:00 - 12:15, Anthony Sheffy
    1. Assessment of Particular Case Types - Interviews and Investigation
      1. Automobile Accident Cases
      2. Slip and Fall Cases
      3. Product Liability Cases
      4. Others
    2. The Discovery Process
      1. Written Discovery
      2. Informal Discovery Including Public Sources of Information
      3. Taking and Defending Depositions
      4. Social Media and Discovery
    3. Initial Court Filings
    4. Preparing Evidence Prior to Trial
      1. Understanding the Rules of Evidence
      2. Documentary Evidence
      3. Testamentary Evidence
      4. Demonstrative Evidence
  4. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY
    1:15 - 2:15, Mark D. Phillips
    1. The Contingent Fee
    2. The Costs of Litigation - What is a Legitimate Cost?
    3. Advertising Legal Services
    4. Candor Toward the Tribunal
    5. Meritorious Claims and Contentions
    6. Conflicts of Interest in Plaintiff Cases
    7. Ethical Dangers of Using Social Media
  5. PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENTS
    2:15 - 3:15, Edward T. Dodd Jr.
    1. Negotiation Techniques
    2. Mediation as a Settlement Tool
    3. Subrogation Interests
    4. Medicare Set-Asides
      1. CMS Update
      2. Recent Case Law
      3. Tips for Communicating with CMS
      4. Speeding up the Approval Process
    5. Structured Settlements
    6. Understanding the Joint Tortfeasor Release and Other Releases
  6. TRIAL OF THE PLAINTIFF'S PERSONAL INJURY CASE
    3:30 - 4:30, Edward T. Dodd Jr.
    1. How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes Made by New Attorneys
    2. Jury Selection - Voir Dire and Jury Questionnaires
    3. The Basics of an Opening Statement
    4. Presentation of Evidence
    5. Direct and Cross-Examination of Witnesses
    6. Use of Expert at Trial
    7. Proving Economic and Non-Economic Damages
    8. Delivering a Powerful Closing Argument
    9. Post-Trial Relief

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