Live Seminar

Advanced Auto Injury Litigation

Seminar

Date:

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

78734ER

Location:

Hilton Garden Inn Rockville-Gaithersburg

14975 Shady Grove Road

Rockville, MD 20850

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • VA CLE - 6.00

Program Description

Troubleshoot Problems in Auto Injury Cases with Tips From Experienced Litigators

Pre-existing conditions, medical bill disagreements, subrogation hassles...the auto injury litigation process is packed with problems for both sides. Do you know how to power past these pain points and come out ahead? In this full-day program, seasoned attorneys will provide pointers for overcoming common challenges and gaining the advantage when the odds seem stacked against you. Get the best auto injury settlement or judgment for your client - register today!

  • Find out how to get difficult medical providers and physicians to cooperate.
  • Uncover ways to neutralize hard bargaining negotiation strategies.
  • Gain tips for handling sticky government claims against the settlement.
  • Delve into bad faith dilemmas for auto insurers, including time-limited policy limits demands.
  • Explore top legal ethics challenges in auto injury litigation.
  • Unveil and overcome unfavorable juror biases with practical trial techniques.

Who Should Attend

This intermediate-to-advanced level seminar is designed for attorneys. Claims representatives may also benefit.

Course Content

  1. Accident Investigation Roadblocks and Uncooperative Medical Providers
  2. UM/UIM Coverage Conundrums and Negotiating with Difficult Adjusters
  3. Proving Damages, Experts and More: Discovery and Evidence Snags
  4. Pitfalls with Liens and Subrogation: Troubleshooting Key Problems
  5. First Party and Third Party Bad Faith Claims
  6. Legal Ethics Dilemmas
  7. Jury Trial Complexities

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Accident Investigation Roadblocks and Uncooperative Medical Providers
    9:00 - 9:45, Presented by George P. Patterson in Rockville and Dennis F. O'Brien in Baltimore.
    1. Client Screening Challenges
    2. Auto Accident Investigation Difficulties
    3. Treatment of the Client and Managing Medical Bills
    4. Lack of Cooperation From Medical Providers and Treating Physicians
    5. Preexisting Conditions That Affect Treatment and Evaluation of Injuries
    6. Managing Litigation Costs
  2. UM/UIM Coverage Conundrums and Negotiating with Difficult Adjusters
    9:45 - 10:30, Presented by Jason A. Plotkin in Rockville and Baltimore.
    1. UM/UIM Coverage Complexities
    2. Multiple Policies, Stacking and Set-Offs
    3. Conflict of Laws: PIP, UM, UIM, etc.
    4. Low Limits
    5. Coverage Denials
    6. Lowball Offers by Adjusters
    7. Insurance Adjusters Discounting Medical Bills
    8. Intentional Delay Tactics
  3. Proving Damages, Experts and More: Discovery and Evidence Snags
    10:45 - 12:00, Written by George P. Patterson. Presented by George P. Patterson in Rockville and Rodney M. Gaston in Baltimore.
    1. Getting all Needed Medical Records and Bills in a Timely Manner
    2. IME Problems
    3. Preexisting Conditions: Causation Proof and Doctor Testimony
    4. Causation Proof in Low/Moderate Impact Cases
    5. Counteracting Biomechanical Expert Testimony
    6. Medical Bills: Evidence of Reasonable Value and Admissibility of Collateral Sources
    7. Authenticating Texts and Social Media Posts
    8. Evidence of Drug/Alcohol/Prescription Drug Use
    9. Diminished Future Earning Capacity Complications
    10. The Problem of Proving Pain and Suffering
  4. Pitfalls with Liens and Subrogation: Troubleshooting Key Problems
    1:00 - 1:45, Written by Matthew J. Focht. Presented by Matthew J. Focht in Rockville and Rodney M. Gaston in Baltimore.
    1. Future Medical Cost
    2. Monies in Excess of the Policy Limits
    3. Uncertain Law When Dealing with Third-Party Claims
    4. Hassles with Medical Care Providers’ Liens
    5. Subrogation Interests/Negotiation Difficulties
    6. Medicaid Lien, Medicare Lien
    7. Dealing With Tricare
    8. Workers' Compensation Liens
  5. First Party and Third Party Bad Faith Claims
    1:45 - 2:30, Written by Daniel S. Singer. Presented by Daniel S. Singer in Rockville and Rodney M. Gaston in Baltimore.
    1. Time-Limited Policy Limits Demands
    2. Delays and Low Settlement Offers: Defining "Unreasonable"
    3. Hotly-Contested Claims and Case Law
    4. Unusual Settlement Conditions
    5. Duty to Properly Investigate
    6. Dealing With Maryland Insurance Administration
  6. Legal Ethics Dilemmas
    2:45 - 3:45, Written by Daniel S. Singer. Presented by Daniel S. Singer in Rockville and Rodney M. Gaston in Baltimore.
    1. Conflicts of Interest Predicaments, Representing Multiple Plaintiffs
    2. Insurance Defense Counsel Relationship with the Insured and Insurer
    3. Ethical Problems in Litigation and Settlements
    4. Attorney Fees and Client Trust Accounts
    5. Challenges of Preserving Client Confidentiality
    6. Multiple Claimants, Minimal Limits
    7. Wrongful Death Plaintiffs
    8. How to Avoid Bar Complaints
  7. Jury Trial Complexities
    3:45 - 4:30, Written by Dennis F. O'Brien. Presented by David J. Kaminow in Rockville and Dennis F. O'Brien in Baltimore.
    1. Jury Selection/Voir Dire: Unraveling Juror Bias
    2. CRPS, TBI, etc.: Explaining Complex and Controversial Injuries
    3. Juror Attitudes in Soft Tissue or Minimum Impact Cases
    4. Exhibit Quandaries
    5. Cross-Examining the Difficult Witness
    6. Addressing Damages at Trial: Dilemmas for Both Sides

MATTHEW J. FOCHT is senior counsel for Joseph, Greenwald & Laake, PA, where he is the trial lawyer for the firm’s personal injury practice group. Mr. Focht received his B.A. degree from Loyola College in Maryland and his J.D. degree from Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Mr. Focht is admitted to practice in District of Columbia, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and Maryland. (Rockville location)

RODNEY M. GASTON is a partner at the law firm of Miller & Zois, LLC, where his practice focuses on medical malpractice and auto/personal injury litigation. Mr. Gaston graduated with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1987. He is admitted to practice law in all Maryland State Courts, the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Gaston has extensive trial experience in both the district courts and circuit courts throughout the state and has presented oral arguments before the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. He also participated in the nation's largest pro bono representation effort ever undertaken to represent victims of the September 11th, 2001 attacks. Mr. Gaston has lectured for National Business Institute and the Maryland Association for Justice on topics, including uninsured and underinsured motorists claims, first party bad faith claims, handling the auto injury claim, and litigating the defense medical examination request. He is a member of the Maryland Association of Justice, where he has served on the Board of Governors and is the former chairperson of the Education and Programs Committee. On May 3, 2014, Mr. Gaston was named Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Maryland Association for Justice for his litigation efforts culminating in the Maryland Court of Appeals’ case of Brethren v. Buckley, which involved the wrongful denial of underinsured motorists benefits to his client. (Baltimore location)

DAVID J. KAMINOW is a partner at the law firm of Meiselman, Salzer, Inman & Kaminow PC, with offices in Rockville and Hagerstown. Since 1993, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial litigation, medical malpractice, professional liability, personal injury and automobile accident cases. Mr. Kaminow has also performed mediations for the District Court of Maryland. He earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Franklin & Marshall College and his J.D. degree at George Washington University School of Law. (Rockville location)

DENNIS F. O'BRIEN is a sole proprietor at the law office of Dennis F. O'Brien, P.A., in Bel Air, Maryland, where his full-time civil litigation practice focuses on serious personal injury; product liability, including drug and medical devices; medical malpractice; nursing home negligence; appellate work; and general civil litigation. He earned his B.S. degree from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Baltimore School of Law. Mr. O'Brien has served as an officer and governor in the Maryland Association for Justice, including as chair of legislation, public relations, and as editor-in-chief of the Trial Reporter. He is a member of the Maryland State, Harford County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City bar associations; and the American Association for Justice. He is admitted to the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland; U.S. Court of Appeals (Fourth Circuit); and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. O’Brien is a frequent presenter and moderator for a variety of seminars relating to civil litigation. He is the co-author and author of a variety of articles and is currently working on a book, Accident Reconstruction for Lawyers, to be nationally published by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). (Baltimore location)

GEORGE P. PATTERSON is a partner with the law firm of Reinstein, Glackin, Patterson & Herriott, LLC. He is a board certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Patterson's practice focuses on complex personal injury litigation in Maryland and Washington, DC. He has repeatedly been selected as a Top 100 Super Lawyer in Washington, D.C. and Maryland. Mr. Patterson is also a fellow in Litigation Counsel of America and a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In trial, mediations and arbitrations he routinely uses demonstrative evidence, videos and animation to explain accidents and injuries to juries, judges and arbitrators. Mr. Patterson is a member of Maryland State Bar Association, Maryland Bar Foundation, Prince George’s County Bar Association, and Maryland Association of Justice. He earned his B.A. degree from DePauw University and his J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington DC. (Rockville location)

JASON A. PLOTKIN is a partner with The Pinder Plotkin Legal Team practicing in the areas of personal injury, workers' compensation, probate, estate planning, business, traffic and criminal law. Mr. Plotkin has been recognized as one of the named professionals listed on The Daily Record’s 2016 VIP List: Successful Under 40, named as a 2016 Baltimore SmartCEO Centers of Influence Award honoree, and has previously been an adjunct professor at Howard Community College. He earned his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from University of Baltimore, and his J.D. degree from Syracuse University College of Law. (Rockville and Baltimore locations)

DANIEL S. SINGER is a partner with Trombly & Singer, PLLC, where he practices in the areas of auto accidents, police brutality, premises liability, product liability, serious personal injury and wrongful death. He received his B.A. degree, with distinction and high honors for the University of Michigan and his J.D. degree, with honors from The George Washington University Law School. He is an active member of the Washington, D.C. legal community. In 2015, he was elected to the D.C. Bar's Tort Law Section Steering Committee and he currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of Washington, D.C. (TLA-DC). Mr. Singer is also a member of the American Association for Justice (AAJ) and the Maryland Association for Justice (MAJ). He is admitted to practice in District of Columbia, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, Maryland and U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland. (Rockville location)

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

VA CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This course has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 6.0 hours of credit, which includes 1.0 hour of ethics.


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