Valuable Deposition Skills for Personal Injury Cases
Gathering important details and facts in personal injury depositions will lay the foundation for the outcome of the case. These depositions are an extremely important tool in uncovering essential elements for success. This course will walk you through the key questions you should be asking and how to properly evaluate the information shared in a personal injury deposition. Tackle your next personal injury deposition with confidence - register today!
- Learn how to get the most important details from the injured party during the deposition.
- Understand proportionality considerations for personal injury depositions under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
- Explore how to develop new questions during the personal injury deposition.
- Uncover ways to narrow down the cause of the injury during doctor or medical expert depositions.
- Discover how to identify the personal injury claims techniques of the insurance adjuster.
- Examine ways to uncover discrepancies in the personal injury deposition transcript.
All times are shown in Eastern time
- Preparing for Depositions in Personal Injury Cases
11:00 - 12:00, James K. Theisen
- Choosing and Preparing Potential Deponents
- Details of the Injury - Getting the Most Information From the Injured Party
- Careful Examination of the Facts of the Case
- Looking for the Smoking Gun in Reports and Medical Records
- Deposition Alternatives - Gathering Information by Other Means
- Deposition Procedure, FRCP Amendments and More
12:15 - 12:45, Zachary B. Pyers
- Proportionality Considerations Under the new FRCP Amendments
- Notice of Deposition and Subpoenas
- Objections to Competency
- The Personal Injury Deposition - Key Questions you Need to be Asking
12:45 - 1:45, James K. Theisen
- Critical Questions in Personal Injury Cases
- Identifying Opposing Counsel's Hidden Agenda
- Recognizing the Importance of "Off the Record" Information
- Developing new Questions Throughout the Deposition
- Authenticating Exhibits/Documents
- Doctor and Medical Expert Depositions
2:15 - 3:15, James K. Theisen
- Building up or Tearing Down Experience and Credentials
- Treating Physician Depositions: Fact, Expert and Hybrid Witness Strategies
- Has Previous Testimony Been Impeached?
- Narrowing Down the Cause of the Injury
- Pre-existing Conditions/Injuries
- Subjective vs. Objective Findings
- Formal Diagnosis and Treatment
- Strategies for the Insurance Adjuster Deposition
3:15 - 3:45, Zachary B. Pyers and James K. Theisen
- Investigating Credentials and Experience in Claims Processing History
- Building the Timeline for the Personal Injury Claim
- Identifying Their Personal Injury Claim Evaluation Techniques
- Uncovering Bad Faith
- After the Deposition: Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives
4:00 - 5:00, Zachary B. Pyers
- Careful Review of the Deposition Transcript
- Identifying Discrepancies and Impeachment Implications
- Determining Hearsay and Exceptions to Hearsay
- Identifying Errors or Irregularities that may Prompt an Objection
- Use of Deposition in Settlement Negotiation and Trial
5:00 - 6:00, Zachary B. Pyers
- Attorney/Client Privilege
- Maintaining a Professional Environment During Questioning
- Discovery Abuse: Harassment and Obstruction
- Misrepresentation of Facts
This program is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit from attending.