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Plaintiff's Personal Injury From Start to Finish

Seminar

Date:

Friday, April 28, 2017

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

75419ER

Location:

Holiday Inn Philadelphia Stadium
900 Packer Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

$339 / New Professional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • NJ CLE - 7.20
  • NY CLE - 7.00
  • PA CLE - 6.00

Other

  • Insurance - 7.00

Program Description

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 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.

Who Should Attend

This basic level seminar will provide plaintiff personal injury attorneys, paralegals and other practitioners with practical strategies for handing personal injury cases.

Course Content

  1. Statutes Which Affect Liability Evaluation
  2. Understanding the Law of Damages
  3. Basics of Civil Practice and Procedure
  4. Ethical Considerations for the Plaintiff's Attorney
  5. Personal Injury Settlements
  6. Trial of the Plaintiff's Personal Injury Case

Continuing Education Credit


Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State
CLE 7.20 -  NJ*
CLE 7.00 -  NY*
CLE 6.00 -  PA*

Insurance – Insurance: 7.00

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

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

EVAN AIDMAN is the founder and principal of the Law Offices of Evan Aidman, in Philadelphia, where he practices as a trial lawyer handling personal injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Aidman began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Samuel M. Lehrer of the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. He has lectured extensively on topics connected to personal injury litigation, most recently addressing Drexel Law students on the topic of opening a personal injury practice. Mr. Aidman previously served as an adjunct professor at Peirce College, where he taught civil litigation. He is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Aidman has written four books for lawyers and litigants, the most recent being Winning Personal Injury Cases, A Practical Guide for Lawyers was published by the American Law Institute in October, 2011. He also serves on the editorial board of Verdict Magazine, a publication of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Aidman has served as an arbitrator, mediator, and judge pro tem of legal disputes on many occasions since 1984. This work involves state court, federal court, and administrative regulation through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the largest independent regulator for all securities firms in the United States. He is a member of the Philadelphia Bar Association, Philadelphia Trial Lawyers' Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, and the Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers' Association. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

VINCENT J. GIUSINI is an attorney and has offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He handles a wide variety of personal injury cases, both plaintiff and defense. Mr. Giusini serves regularly as a neutral arbitrator and is certified as a neutral arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association. He has extensive trial experience, prevailing on behalf of his clients in more than 80% of the cases he has taken to trial. Mr. Giusini is appointed Special Master of the Court of Common Pleas. He has been recommended for judge four times by the Philadelphia Bar Association Commission on Judicial Selection. Mr. Giusini is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and before the U.S. Federal District Courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and the Third Circuit Court of Federal Appeals. He earned his B.A. degree from Temple University and his J.D. degree from Delaware Law School. Mr. Giusini is a member of the American, Philadelphia, New Jersey State and Pennsylvania bar associations.

SHAWN C. HUBER is a partner with Brown & Connery, LLP, where he concentrates his practice in personal injury law matters. Mr. Huber formerly served as the Municipal Prosecutor for the boroughs of Mt. Ephraim, Pine Hill, and Clementon. He is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court. Mr. Huber is admitted to practice in New Jersey and Pennsylvania; the U.S. District Court for the districts of New Jersey and Pennsylvania; the U.S. Court of Appeals; and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is a member of the American, New Jersey State, Pennsylvania, Camden County, Gloucester County and Philadelphia bar associations. Mr. Huber also is a member of the Association for Justice and the New Jersey Association of Justice. He earned his bachelor's degree, cum laude, from St. Joseph's University, and his J.D. degree from Rutgers University School of Law - Camden.

ARTHUR S. NOVELLO is a partner at the law firm of Dashevsky Horwitz Kuhn Novello Shorr. Since 1986, he has represented individuals for personal injury claims resulting from motor vehicle accidents, slip and fall incidents, work-related accidents, medical and dental malpractice, and product liability cases in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Mr. Novello has enjoyed lecturing on various legal topics, such as the limited tort threshold, Health Insurance Portability and Accounting Act of 1996 (HIPAA), trial preparation and strategy, ethical issues, and legislative updates. He has made numerous television appearances as a legal commentator and currently lectures on career opportunities in the legal profession at various high schools throughout Philadelphia. Mr. Novello is admitted to practice in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the state of New Jersey, and before the United States Supreme Court. He was asked by the city of Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas to be one of its first judge pro tempores to preside over settlement conferences at the Philadelphia Dispute Resolution Center. Mr. Novello is a member of the Compulsory Arbitration Committee and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyers Association. He has been selected to become a hearing officer serving the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania’s Disciplinary Board. Mr. Novello earned his bachelor’s degree from Temple University and his juris doctor degree from Widener University School of Law.

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Accreditation Details

Continuing Legal Education

NJ CLE: 7.20 Including - Ethics: 1.20
This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 7.2 hours of total CLE credit. Of these, 1.2 qualify as hours of credit for ethics/professionalism.


NY CLE: 7.00 Including - Areas of Professional Practice: 6.00, Ethics: 1.00
This course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 7.0 credit hours. 6.0 hours can be applied to the areas of professional practice requirement and 1.0 hour can be applied toward the ethics and professionalism requirement. This live format program is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.


PA CLE: 6.00 Including - Ethics: 1.00
This program has been approved by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board for a total of 6.0 hours, including 5.0 hours of substantive law, practice and procedure CLE credit and 1.0 hour of ethics, professionalism or substance abuse CLE credit.



Insurance

PA INS: 7.00
This course has been approved for 7.0 hours of continuing education insurance credit by the Pennsylvania Insurance Department. An exam is not required in order to receive credit.


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