Hone Your Skills as an Expert UM/UIM Practitioner
Statistics say that six out of ten drivers on the road carry inadequate or no insurance. With the largely voluntary nature of UM/UIM insurance coverage and rapidly changing statutory and case law, you have your work cut out for you. Don´t struggle through the mountains of legalese alone. Join us at an engaging analysis of current issues in the law and practice of UM/UIM and get the latest legislative updates along with a balanced view of today´s challenges. Register today!
- Analyze real-life insurance coverage scenarios and find out how the courts have interpreted the language.
- Discover what tests are used to clarify the “made whole” doctrine.
- Get the most out of your medical experts during discovery and in hearings: learn what to ask and how to do it.
- Accurately determine realistic damages to strengthen your position during negotiations.
- Interpret policy limitations and specifications to obtain the most favorable financial outcome for your clients.
- Use effective discovery techniques to find out whether subrogation is feasible and worth it.
- Is a case worth the effort? Take liens and rights of reimbursement into account before the negotiations start.
- Present a realistic settlement demand and support it with conclusive evidence to reinforce your credibility and promote settlement.
- Use the most effective mediation and arbitration strategies to achieve the best settlement possible.
- Let our networking roundtable help you with some of your most difficult issues.
- Get a good look at both sides of the debate: watch the battle of the insurer and the insured in our speakers´ insightful panel discussion.
DETERMINING COVERAGE AND VALUING DAMAGES IN UM/UIM CASES
9:00 - 10:15 John S. Stiff
- Legislative and Case Law Update
- Which Exceptions Apply in Your Case?
- 5 Difficult Scenarios of Insurance Coverage Interpretation
- How Much Are Your Limbs Worth? Clarifying the Definition of “Serious Injury”
- Determining Loss of Capacity
- The Complexities of Applying the “Made Whole” Doctrine
- Valuing Soft Tissue and Emotional Distress
- Managing the Complexities of Wrongful Death Claims – Who Is the Plaintiff?
- Tips for Working With Medical Experts
PROCEDURAL TIPS AND TECHNIQUES FOR HANDLING SUBROGATION, RIGHTS OF REIMBURSEMENT AND LIENS
10:15 - 11:00 Nancy Garner
- Relevant Statutory and Case Law Update
- Identifying Liens and Determining Their Priority
- Effective Tools for Streamlining the Subrogation Process
- Subrogation of PIP
EFFECTIVE SETTLEMENT NEGOTIATIONS AND ARBITRATION
11:15 - 12:00 Nancy Garner
- Current Law and Latest Court Rulings
- Negotiation Techniques of the Masters
- Using Mediation to Your Advantage
- Arbitration vs. Litigation
- Gaining an Edge With Superior Document Submissions
BAD FAITH – AN INDELIBLE PART OF UM/UIM PRACTICE?
1:00 - 1:45 Steven Vogel
SPECIAL ISSUES THAT CAN MAKE OR BREAK YOUR CASE
1:45 - 2:30 Steven Vogel
- Debating the Stacking of Limits for Private and Commercial Policyholders – What Do the Courts Say?
- When Is a Stacking Waiver No Longer Useful?
- Preparation and Preservation of Claims
- Handling Conflicts of Law With Other States
- What if the Car has Caused an Accident Without Direct Contact?
- How Will the Latest Appellate Court Decisions Affect Your Practice?
LEGAL ETHICS IN INSURANCE PRACTICE
2:45 - 3:45 Nancy Garner, John S. Stiff and Steven Vogel
- Preserving Attorney-Client Privilege
- Determining and Collecting Attorneys´ Fees
- Avoiding Conflicts of Interest in Multiple Representation
ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION ON CURRENT TRENDS IN UM/UIM/SUM LAW AND PRACTICE
3:45 - 4:30 Nancy Garner, John S. Stiff and Steven Vogel
Agendas and Speakers may differ slightly depending on the location. Please e-mail or call a representative to obtain an agenda for a particular location.