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Wrongful Death Litigation: Start-to-Finish

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December, 2017

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From Event: Wrongful Death Litigation: Start-to-Finish, held December 2017.

Program Description

How do you prove and calculate conscious pain and suffering? How do you navigate the probate court while pursuing a tort claim? How do you successfully communicate autopsy evidence to the judge/jury and present them with a dollar amount? Whether you represent the plaintiff or the defense, you need specialized litigation strategies when taking on a wrongful death case. This focused guide will show you how to find hidden coverage; negotiate loss of consortium, future benefits and life expectancy with insurance companies; use cell phone records to prove negligence; and create effective exhibits that reveal the relationships of family members. Don't miss this unique opportunity to learn what it has taken top attorneys years to hone and refine. Order today!

Course Content

  1. Filing the Wrongful Death Lawsuit and Insurance Coverage Examination
  2. Accident Scene Investigation Strategies: Secrets Adjusters Don't Want You to Know
  3. Working with the Probate Court
  4. Using Medical Experts and Records to Determine Cause of Death and Liability
  5. Wrongful Death Damages - Strategy, Evidence and Calculations
  6. Successfully Negotiating Wrongful Death with Insurance Companies

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education

Credit Hrs State Credit Approval Expiration
CLE 6.00 CT 12/15/2019
CLE 7.00 NY * 12/15/2019

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Filing the Wrongful Death Lawsuit and Insurance Coverage Examination
    9:00 - 10:00, Bruce E. Newman
    1. State Legislation Update, Trends and Developments
    2. Auto/Truck Accident? Work Accident? Med Mal? Nursing Home Negligence? Case Intake Tips for Each
    3. Eligibility to Pursue a Civil Claim
    4. Pursuing Wrongful Death Suit and Survivor Action
    5. Working with the Personal Representative
    6. Determining Liability and Proving Negligence
    7. Locating ALL Potential Sources of Coverage
    8. Handling Subrogation Issues
    9. Pursuing a Civil Case Connected to a Criminal Act
  2. Accident Scene Investigation Strategies: Secrets Adjusters Don't Want You to Know
    10:15 - 11:15, Anthony S. Bonadies
    1. Preservation and Spoliation Issues
    2. Photos and Video Recordings of the Scene
    3. Spotting Red Flags
    4. Questions to Always Ask Witnesses
    5. Working with Law Enforcement to Obtain Evidence
    6. GPS Evidence: Obtaining, Authenticating and Admitting
    7. Cell Phone Evidence: Obtaining, Authenticating and Admitting
  3. Working with the Probate Court
    11:15 - 12:15, Bruce E. Newman
    1. Basics of Probate for Attorneys in Wrongful Death Cases
    2. Examination of the Will
    3. Getting Probate Court Approval to Pursue the Tort Claim
    4. Getting Probate Court Approval of the Settlement or Verdict
  4. Using Medical Experts and Records to Determine Cause of Death and Liability
    1:15 - 2:15, Bruce E. Newman
    1. Medical Examiner and Doctor Deposition Strategy
    2. Grief Counselors/Therapists
    3. Using the Medical Records to Establish the Reasonableness of Cost
    4. Admission and Authentication of Medical Records as Evidence
    5. Authenticating and Admitting Autopsy Evidence
    6. Connecting Autopsy Results to Your Litigation Strategy
    7. Examination of Doctors
    8. Using Economists to Determine Wage Loss and Household Services
    9. Examination of the Coroner/Medical Examiner
    10. Invalidity of the Opposing Doctor's Methodologies/Evidence
  5. Wrongful Death Damages - Strategy, Evidence and Calculations
    2:15 - 3:15, Ryan McKeen
    1. Calculating Life Expectancy Using Formulas and Tables
    2. Putting a Monetary Value on a Human Life
    3. Exploring the Relationships to Reveal the Damages: Loss of a Child, Parental Guidance or Companionship and Protection
    4. Pain/Suffering/Mental Anguish Damages for Surviving Family Members
    5. Loss of Future Income, Benefits, Inheritance
    6. Using Medical Evidence to Prove Conscious Pain and Suffering
    7. Present Cash Value and the Investment Value
    8. Punitive Damages
  6. Successfully Negotiating Wrongful Death with Insurance Companies
    3:30 - 4:30, Anthony S. Bonadies
    1. Defense Investigation and Strategy of the Wrongful Death Case
    2. Using Medical Records Effectively
    3. Creatively Addressing Damages and Maximizing Compensation
    4. Using Proven Negotiation Techniques
    5. Determining the Insurance Companies Authority
    6. What to do When Negotiations Fail
    7. Minimizing Liens in Wrongful Death or Survival Actions
    8. Case Law Review
    9. Trial Considerations

ANTHONY S. BONADIES is the founding attorney of Bonadies Law Firm LLC, located in Mount Carmel of Hamden. For 30 years he has represented Hamden and New Haven County residents in personal injury, wrongful death and workers' compensation matters. Of note, Mr. Bonadies (with co-counsel John Naizby) represented The Estate of Layla Banks v Starwood Resorts International; Kramer v. Snapple and Pepsi; and In Re The Estate of Dacari Robinson. In January, he (and co-counsel John Naizby) won what may be the first verdict in Connecticut for negligent supervision, training and retention against a tractor trailer company in Bellacicco v. NFI. Mr. Bonadies has also represented the Hamden Legislative Council in special litigation, the Hamden Water Pollution Control Authority, and presently serves as an Impartial Hearing Officer for The Hamden Board of Education. He has resolved hundreds of cases by settlement or trial. Mr. Bonadies has sat as faculty and lecturer at numerous legal seminars on trial law for the Connecticut Bar Association, the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the New Haven and Milford Bar Associations. He has also argued to the Connecticut Supreme Court. Mr. Bonadies presently sits on the Executive Committee and the Board of Governors for the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association. He also volunteers his time as a mentor for the Connecticut Bar Grievance Committee and as a court arbitrator for civil matters filed in New Haven. Mr. Bonadies earned his B.S. degree from Bucknell University and his J.D. degree from the University of Connecticut Law School.

RYAN McKEEN is an attorney with Connecticut Trial Firm, LLC, where he regularly tries cases to verdict and works diligently to apply cutting edge trial methods. Prior to opening McKeen Law Firm, LLC, he was an associate for 6.5 years at a well-respected East Hartford law firm and a partner at a firm in Hartford. Mr. McKeen also served a 3 year term as a member of the Oliver Ellsworth Inn of Court. He takes an active role in his continuing professional education. Mr. McKeen is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice, the Connecticut Bar Association and the Hartford County Bar Association. In 2014, the Hartford Business Journal named him one of its 40 under 40. In 2015, the Connecticut Law Tribune honored Mr. McKeen as one of a handful of lawyers in its personal injury hall of fame. He earned his B.A. degree from Framingham State University and his J.D. degree from Western New England College School of Law.

BRUCE E. NEWMAN is an attorney with Brown Paindiris & Scott, LLP. Mr. Newman has been practicing law for more than 27 years. He concentrates his practice in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, employment litigation, medical malpractice, product liability, and class actions where he has served as plaintiff's class counsel and liaison counsel. In addition to Connecticut, Mr. Newman has successfully tried cases in New York and California. Based on his accomplishments, he was selected by The National Trial Lawyers as a Top 100 Lawyer for 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Mr. Newman was recently ranked as being in the Top 1% of all attorneys by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel for 2015, 2016 and 2017. He has also been designated by his peers to Connecticut Super Lawyer in the Connecticut Super Lawyer Magazine, personal injury plantiffs law, 2017. Mr. Newman is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the American Association for Justice, Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association, and the Connecticut Bar Association. He has been a guest lecturer at the UConn School of Law. Mr. Newman received his B.A. degree from Colgate University Hamilton, New York; and his J.D. degree from Albany Law School of Union University, Albany, New York.

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NY CLE: 7.00 Credit Approval Exp
Includes - Areas of Professional Practice: 7.00
This nontraditional format course has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board for up to 7.0 credit hours. 7.0 hours can be applied to the Areas of Professional Practice requirement and is approved for experienced attorneys.

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