Audio CD + Course Book

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law - Made Simple

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

April, 2018

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Audio + Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • FL CLE - 6.50
From Event: Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Law - Made Simple, held April 2018.

Program Description

Are you ready to handle these complex cases? This practical uninsured and underinsured motorist litigation guide will clarify the in's and out's of these thorny cases - AND walk you through important information you should look for along the way. Review UM/UIM coverage and walk through the steps you must take when dealing with either an uninsured or underinsured case. Filled with doctor deposition strategies, damage and limit calculations, medical record discovery and settlement strategies unique to UM/UIM cases; this guide will help you face these complicated suits with confidence - order today!

Course Content

  1. Clarifying UM/UIM Coverage - Carrier Obligations Made Simple
  2. UNDERinsured Motorist Case Mechanics - Real Life Case Scenarios
  3. Medical Discovery Basics for UM/UIM Cases
  4. Is the Motorist Underinsured? Easy Ways to Calculate Limits and Damages
  5. UNinsured Motorist Case Mechanics - Real Life Case Scenarios
  6. UM/UIM Arbitration and Settlement Strategies
  7. Ethics in UM/UIM Cases

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.50 FL - Credit Approval Expiration 08/28/2018 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Clarifying UM/UIM Coverage - Carrier Obligations Made Simple
    9:00 - 10:00, Mark H. Wright
    1. Insurance Coverage Obligations
    2. Who's Covered? Defining "Family Member"
    3. Interpreting Exclusions in the Policy
    4. Policy Arbitration Requirements
    5. Lawsuit Threshold
    6. Finding Sources and Limits of Coverage
    7. Hit and Run Coverage
    8. Waiving Coverage
    9. "Arising out of Ownership, Maintenance or Use?"
  2. UNDERinsured Motorist Case Mechanics - Real Life Case Scenarios
    10:00 - 11:00, Mark H. Wright
    1. Injury Claims Due to Vehicle Operation, Maintenance and Use
    2. Naming Multiple Parties to the Lawsuit
    3. Filing the Underinsured Motorist Claim with Insurance Company
    4. Accident Scene Discovery Strategies Unique to UIM Cases
    5. Sample Demand, ROR Letters and Insurance Forms
    6. Tips for Working with the Liability Insurance Adjuster
  3. Medical Discovery Basics for UM/UIM Cases
    11:15 - 12:00, Elizabeth Crane-Hudlett
    1. Review of Medical Bills and Records
    2. Physical Examination of the Injured Person
    3. Doctor Deposition - Plaintiff and Defense Strategies
  4. Is the Motorist Underinsured? Easy Ways to Calculate Limits and Damages
    1:00 - 1:45, Burke G. Lopez
    1. State Case Law
    2. Calculating Liability Limits
    3. Proof, Quantification and Calculation of Damages/Injuries
    4. How Much the Policy Covers
    5. Loss of Earning Capacity and Future Lost Wages
    6. Pain and Suffering Damages
    7. Medical Bills
    8. Offsets and Reimbursements
  5. UNinsured Motorist Case Mechanics - Real Life Case Scenarios
    1:45 - 2:30, Scott A. Arthur
    1. Client Intake Tips Specific to the Uninsured Motorist Case
    2. Burden of Proof - On Insured or Insurer?
    3. Hit and Run Accident Scene Investigation
    4. Sample Initial Pleadings and Motions Specific to Uninsured Motorist Cases (with Examples)
    5. Does the Insurer Have Subrogation Rights to UM Benefits?
  6. UM/UIM Arbitration and Settlement Strategies
    2:45 - 3:30, Scott R. Jeeves
    1. Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Policies
    2. The Timing and Form of Demand
    3. Waiver of Arbitration
    4. Issues Subject to Arbitration
    5. Overturning and Modifying Arbitration Award
    6. Filing Award as Judgment
    7. Discovery
    8. Arbitration Procedures
  7. Ethics in UM/UIM Cases
    3:30 - 4:30, Scott A. Arthur
    1. Conflicts of Interest
    2. Bad Faith Considerations
    3. Subrogation
    4. Settlement
    5. Valuing the Claim
    6. Informed Consent

SCOTT A. ARTHUR joined Gunn Law Group, P.A., upon graduation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. Mr. Arthur’s practice is focused on representing policyholders and the injured in claims against insurance companies, including cases involving insurance coverage, unfair claims settlement practices, and insurance bad faith. In 2009, and from 2011-2017, Florida Super Lawyers has recognized him as a Rising Star in the practice area of insurance coverage. Mr. Arthur has litigation and appellate experience in both state and federal court. He earned his B.A. degree from the University of Florida and his J. D. degree from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was editor of the Georgetown Immigration Law Journal. Mr. Arthur is a member of The Florida Bar, American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Florida Justice Association, Hillsborough County Bar Association, and Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers Association.

ELIZABETH CRANE-HUDLETT is a insurance defense litigation paralegal with the firm Banker Lopez Gassler P.A., where she drafts pleadings, discovery requests and responses, prepares general correspondence, memoranda and complex legal documents, summarizes medical records, scrutinizes vehicular crash analyses and incident reports, and investigates public records. Ms. Crane-Hudlett also conducts various public record searches, researches medical conditions, as well as legal research. She retains and informs medical experts; maintains, organizes and tracks files; and assists with hearing, trials and mediations preparation. Ms. Crane-Hudlett is a NALA certified paralegal, a NALA advanced certified paralegal in trial procedures, and a Florida registered paralegal. She has written several articles published in the Northwest Florida Paralegal Association’s ParaLegal News, the Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association’s The Summation, and KNOW Magazine, “the magazine for paralegals." She has also given seminars on trial preparation and paralegal certifications for the Institute for Paralegal Education and Virginia College. Ms. Crane-Hudlett is an active remote member of the Northwest Florida Paralegal Association. She earned her B.A. degree from the University of West Florida.

SCOTT R. JEEVES is the president of the Jeeves Law Group, PA, in St. Petersburg, Florida. He is a certified circuit court mediator and admitted to practice in the state courts of Florida, and before the U.S. District Court of the Middle District of Florida and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Mr. Jeeves also serves as class counsel in numerous cases both in state and federal court. He handles complex personal injury and medical malpractice actions as lead counsel. Mr. Jeeves earned his B.A. degree from the University of Florida and his J.D. degree from Stetson College of Law. He is a member of the Pinellas County, Hillsborough County and American bar associations; an Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association and the Tampa Bay Trial Lawyers.

BURKE G. LOPEZ is a civil trial lawyer with Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, who is experienced in handling a diverse case load involving coverage issues, commercial disputes, personal injury, products liability, premises liability and wrongful death litigation. He has been lead counsel in numerous jury trials, and has defended significant trucking and transportation cases on behalf of large retailers, food distributors, taxi and limousine companies, and third party administrators in Florida state and federal courts. Clients Mr. Lopez has represented include: Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc., Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., Auto Owners Insurance Company, Sedgewick Claims Services, Yellow Cab of Tampa and Dominion of Canada Insurance. He is a member of The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. Mr. Lopez is board-certified by The Florida Bar as a civil trial lawyer (since 2003) and has been a certified Florida Circuit Court mediator since 1998. He joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in May 2008, and previously he was a senior associate at Rywant, Alvarez, Jones, Russo & Guyton, P.A.

MARK H. WRIGHT is a partner with Jayson, Farthing, Skafidas & Wright, P.A., where his experience includes litigation, negotiation and counseling services. He has covered numerous substantive areas of the law, including serious injury and wrongful death cases, premises liability, products liability, negligent security, insurance disputes, automobile crashes, truck crashes and motorcycle collisions. Mr. Wright is a member of The Florida Bar, Hillsborough County Bar Association, and the Florida Justice Association. He earned his B.A. degree from Tulane University, and his J.D. degree from the University of Florida, College of Law.

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Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

FL CLE: 6.50 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Civil Trial: 7.00, Ethics: 0.50
Approved by The Florida Bar, this program may qualify for up to 6.5 general hours of CLER self-study credit including 0.5 hour of self-study ethics credit. Certification: 7.0 - Civil Trial.

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