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? Let our experienced faculty give you the knowledge you need to successfully manage these cases.
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 affect liability evaluation, as well as the laws of damages. Walk through the basics of civil practice and procedure, so you´ll know what to do. Discover when it´s in your client´s best interest to settle, and when you´ll need to go to trial. Whether this is your first case, or you just need a refresher, this is the course for you.
- Learn how to assess particular case types including slip and fall, auto accident and product liability cases.
- Get practice 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.
- STATUTES WHICH AFFECT LIABILITY EVALUATION
8:30 - 9:15, Brian S. Franciskato
- Statutes of Limitation
- Automobile Accident Statutes
- Injuries on Recreational Lands
- Sovereign Immunity
- UNDERSTANDING THE LAW OF DAMAGES
9:15 - 10:15, Scott A. Shachtman
- Economic Damages
- Non-Economic Damages
- Wrongful Death and Survival Claims
- BASICS OF CIVIL PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE
10:30 - 12:00, William C. Hopkins II
- Assessment of Particular Case Types - Interviews and Investigation
- Automobile Accident Cases
- Slip and Fall Cases
- Product Liability Cases
- The Discovery Process
- Written Discovery
- Informal Discovery Including Public Sources of Information
- Taking and Defending Depositions
- Initial Court Filings
- 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 - 1:50, William C. Hopkins II
- The Contingent Fee
- The Costs of Litigation - What is a Legitimate Cost?
- Advertising Legal Services
- Candor Toward the Tribunal
- Meritorious Claims and Contentions
- PERSONAL INJURY SETTLEMENTS
1:50 - 3:00, Robert D. Kingsland Jr.
- Negotiation Techniques
- Mediation as a Settlement Tool
- Subrogation Interests
- Structured Settlements
- Understanding the Joint Tortfeasor Release and Other Releases
- TRIAL OF THE PLAINTIFF´S PERSONAL INJURY CASE
3:15 - 4:40, Robert D. Kingsland Jr.
- 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
- Proving Economic and Non-Economic Damages
- Delivering a Powerful Closing Argument
- Post-Trial Relief