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Effective Strategies in Auto Injury Litigation

Navigating through the maze of auto injury litigation can be tricky. Each case presents new challenges with unique details that need to be thoroughly explored. This extensive two-day seminar will take you from the initial steps of analyzing the case and the insurance coverage through settlement negotiations and trial strategies. Be prepared to handle your next auto injury case like a pro - register today!

  • Hear the top mistakes attorneys make in auto injury cases.
  • Examine in-depth methods to analyze insurance coverage.
  • Explore how to value the claim and policy limits.
  • Learn strategies for minimizing and eliminating liens.
  • Learn secrets the insurance companies don't want you to know.
  • Explore how to obtain and use medical evidence in your auto injury case.
  • Discuss considerations for past and future damages.
  • Learn how to keep your auto injury case moving to settlement.
  • Identify some of the top auto insurance bad faith tactics and how to prove them.
  • Review which exhibits are key to winning your case.

DAY 1: Getting Your Auto Injury Case Off the Ground

  1. A Judge's Perspective on Local Procedure, Trends and Top Mistakes Attorneys Make
    9:00 - 9:45, Hon. Nancy R. McDonnell
  2. In-Depth Insurance Coverage Analysis
    9:45 - 10:30, Gregory E. O'Brien
    1. Review of the Auto Insurance Policy
    2. Identifying Ambiguous Contract Language
    3. Auto Insurance Exclusions to be Aware Of
  3. Litigating the Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claim
    10:45 - 11:30, Terry L. Williams
    1. Introduction to UM/UIM and its Complexities
    2. Valuing the Claim and Policy Limits
    3. Playing the Stacking and Offsets Game
    4. Investigation Strategies
    5. Maximizing Damages
    6. Practice and Procedure in Filing UM/UIM Claims
  4. Eliminating/Minimizing Subrogation Liens in Auto Injury Cases
    11:30 - 12:15, Mark J. Dvorak
    1. Medicaid Liens in Auto Injury Settlements
    2. Minimizing ERISA Liens in Auto Injury Settlements
    3. Managing Medicare Set-Asides
    4. Workers' Compensation
    5. Hospital Liens
    6. State Specific Liens
  5. Behind the Scenes of the Insurance Company - What You Don't Know
    1:15 - 2:00, William J. Price
    1. How Market Situations can Determine Timing of the Settlement
    2. Demand Letter Language That Gets Results
    3. Understanding Reserves in Negotiations
  6. Insurance Defense Case Evaluation, Strategies, and Trial Preparation
    2:00 - 2:45, G. Michael Curtin
  7. Negotiating With Auto Insurance Adjusters
    3:00 - 3:45, Jarrett J. Northup
    1. Using Medical Records Effectively During Negotiations
    2. Wrongful Death Claims
    3. Creatively Addressing Damages and Maximizing Compensation
    4. Using Sophisticated Negotiation Techniques
    5. Going Beyond the Adjuster's Authority
    6. What to do When Negotiations Fail
    7. Advanced Settlement Conference Strategies
  8. How to Get Your Social Media, Email and Text Evidence Admitted (and Keep Theirs Out)
    3:45 - 4:30, Ryan K. Rubin
    1. Discussion of Electronically Stored Information (ESI)
    2. Spoliation of Evidence
    3. Use of Demonstrative Evidence
    4. Authentication of Social Media Evidence
    5. Techniques for Answering Discovery

DAY 2: Wrapping Up the Auto Injury Case

  1. Getting the Most Out of Doctor Depositions, Medical Records and More
    9:00 - 9:45, Antonios P. Tsarouhas
    1. Creatively Presenting Medical Evidence
    2. Interpreting Medical Charts
    3. Admissibility of Medical Bills
    4. Obtaining and Using Medical Evidence
    5. Impeaching Adverse Physicians
  2. Pain and Suffering, Exacerbation of Pre-Existing Injuries, Loss of Earning, and Life Care Plans
    10:00 - 11:00, Antonios P. Tsarouhas
    1. Determining Whether the Underlying Injury is Subjective
    2. Past vs. Future Damage Considerations
    3. Value of Life Studies to Prove Your Case
  3. Moving the Auto Injury Case to Settlement (and Maximizing the Value)
    11:00 - 12:00, David A. Herman
  4. Auto Insurance Bad Faith
    1:00 - 2:00, Douglas P. Holthus
    1. Knowing What the Adjuster has a Right to Receive vs. Being Abusive
    2. Adjuster Case Evaluation Strategies: Merits of the Case vs. Excess Verdict
    3. Top Bad Faith Insurance Company Tactics and How to Prove Them
    4. Incident Scene Investigation Tactics and Biased IMEs
  5. Voir Dire and Jury Selection in Auto Injury Cases
    2:00 - 2:30, Ryan K. Rubin
  6. The Auto Injury Trial
    2:45 - 3:30, Terrence J. Kenneally
    1. Illustrating the Accident Scene During Opening Statements
    2. Effectively Incorporating Medical Evidence and Testimony
    3. Key Exhibits to Win the Case
    4. Essential Closing Arguments in Auto Injury Cases
  7. Ethics in Auto Injury Litigation
    3:30 - 4:30, Richard S. Koblentz
    1. Addressing Potential Conflicts of Interest
    2. Client Confidentiality
    3. Communication With Represented Parties
    4. Confronting Coverage Issues

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