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 online 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.
All times are shown in Eastern time.
- STATUTES WHICH AFFECT LIABILITY EVALUATION
9:00 - 9:45, John Paul Godwin
- Statutes of Limitation
- Automobile Accident Statutes
- Injuries on Recreational Lands
- Sovereign Immunity
- UNDERSTANDING THE LAW OF DAMAGES
9:45 - 10:30, Ellis B. Drew III
- Economic Damages
- Non-Economic Damages
- Wrongful Death and Survival Claims
- BASICS OF CIVIL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
10:45 - 12:00, M. Anthony Burts II
- Assessment of Particular Case Types - Interviews and Investigation
- Automobile Accident Cases
- Slip and Fall Cases
- Product Liability Cases
- Initial Court Filings
- The Discovery Process
- Written Discovery
- Informal Discovery Including Public Sources of Information
- Taking and Defending Depositions
- Social Media and Discovery
- Preparing Evidence Prior to Trial
- Understanding the Rules of Evidence
- Documentary Evidence
- Testamentary Evidence
- Demonstrative Evidence
- ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR THE PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY
1:00 - 2:00, John Paul Godwin
- The Contingent Fee
- The Costs of Litigation - What is a Legitimate Cost?
- Advertising Legal Services
- Candor Toward the Tribunal
- Meritorious Claims and Contentions
- Conflicts of Interest in Plaintiff Cases
- Ethical Dangers of Using Social Media
- PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENTS
2:00 - 3:00, Robert B. Laws
- Negotiation Techniques
- Mediation as a Settlement Tool
- Subrogation Interests
- Medicare Set-Asides
- CMS Update
- Recent Case Law
- Tips for Communicating with CMS
- Speeding up the Approval Process
- Structured Settlements
- Understanding the Joint Tortfeasor Release and Other Releases
- TRIAL OF THE PLAINTIFF'S PERSONAL INJURY CASE
3:15 - 4:30, Ellis B. Drew III
- How to Avoid the Most Common Mistakes Made by New Attorneys
- Jury Selection - Voir Dire and Jury Questionnaires
- The Basics of an Opening Statement
- Presentation of Evidence
- Direct and Cross-Examination of Witnesses
- Use of Expert at Trial
- Proving Economic and Non-Economic Damages
- Delivering a Powerful Closing Argument
- Post-Trial Relief