Live Seminar

Plaintiff's Personal Injury From Start to Finish



Thursday, May 24, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Hilton Garden Inn North Little Rock

4100 Glover Lane

North Little Rock, AR 72117


$339 / Each Additional

$329 / New Professional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • AR CLE - 6.00

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. Developing Case Strategy Through Preparation
  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 – CLE: 6.00 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

Written and presented by Robert B. Buckalew, Floyd A. Healy and R. Shane Strabala.
    9:00 - 10:00
    1. Introduction
    2. Initial Considerations for the Plaintiff and Defendant
    3. Thorough Case Investigation Techniques
    4. Things to Consider When Evaluating the Issue of Liability
    5. Evaluating Damages in a Personal Injury Case
    6. Damages for Wrongful Death and Loss of Life
    7. Pleadings in the Auto Injury Case
    10:15 - 11:15
    1. Economic Damages
    2. Non-Economic Damages
    3. Wrongful Death and Survival Claims
    11:15 - 12:15
    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
    1:15 - 2:15
    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
    2:30 - 3:30
    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. Understanding the Joint Tortfeasor Release and Other Releases
    3:30 - 4:30
    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

ROBERT B. BUCKALEW is a sole practitioner in Little Rock, where he practices in the area of personal injury. Mr. Buckalew has been practicing law for 36 years. He has dealt with such issues as automobile accidents, products liability, the Jones Act, industrial accidents and workers' compensation. Mr. Buckalew is licensed to practice in Arkansas and Missouri. He also is a member of the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. Mr. Buckalew earned his undergraduate degree from Hendrix College and his J.D. degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law.

FLOYD A. HEALY is a solo practitioner in Little Rock with more than 28 years of experience. His main areas of practice are personal injury, family law and civil litigation. Mr. Healy is a member of The Mississippi Bar, the Arkansas and American bar associations, as well as the Mock Court Trial Committee for the Arkansas Bar Association. He earned his B.A. and J.D. degrees from the University of Mississippi.

R. SHANE STRABALA is a managing partner of Munson, Rowlett, Moore & Boone, P.A., where he holds a broad practice that focuses primarily on civil litigation. At the firm, Mr. Strabala works in the areas of corporate litigation, employment law, insurance defense, product liability defense, and commercial litigation. He is currently a member of the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute. In addition, Mr. Strabala has served as a special district judge in his home town of Stuttgart on several occasions. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and his J.D. degree, with high honors, from the William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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Phone: 866-240-1890


Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

AR CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
NBI, Inc. is an accredited sponsor in the state of Arkansas. This program is approved for 6.0 hours of continuing legal education credit, including 1.0 hour of ethics, consistent with the rules and regulations of the Arkansas Supreme Court of Professional Programs.

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