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Handling a Personal Injury Case 2022

Product ID: CD3249
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Endorsed by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Let’s make it personal

Personal injury cases are complex, presenting many challenges, layers, deadlines, and moving parts. Regardless of your experience level, keeping a personal injury practice on track requires familiarity with substantive law along with extensive tactical know-how.

At Handling a Personal Injury Case from Start to Finish, veteran trial lawyers walk you through a typical case, covering angles from the plaintiff and defense perspectives. Receive practical advice for:

  • Screening clients
  • Determining the need for expert witnesses
  • Evaluating your case’s strengths
  • Filing notices and claims
  • Conducting discovery
  • Handling subrogation
  • Preparing for mediation

Trial without error

While many cases are resolved through mediation, you have to be ready for those that do go to trial. Polish up your courtroom skills with an overview of effective trial tactics, including:

  • Jury selection
  • Direct and cross examination
  • Opening and closing arguments
  • Presenting evidence
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Endorsed by the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Wisconsin

Let’s make it personal

Personal injury cases are complex, presenting many challenges, layers, deadlines, and moving parts. Regardless of your experience level, keeping a personal injury practice on track requires familiarity with substantive law along with extensive tactical know-how.

At Handling a Personal Injury Case from Start to Finish, veteran trial lawyers walk you through a typical case, covering angles from the plaintiff and defense perspectives. Receive practical advice for:

  • Screening clients
  • Determining the need for expert witnesses
  • Evaluating your case’s strengths
  • Filing notices and claims
  • Conducting discovery
  • Handling subrogation
  • Preparing for mediation

Trial without error

While many cases are resolved through mediation, you have to be ready for those that do go to trial. Polish up your courtroom skills with an overview of effective trial tactics, including:

  • Jury selection
  • Direct and cross examination
  • Opening and closing arguments
  • Presenting evidence
Read More ↓

Sponsored By

Kelly L. Centofanti
Centofanti Law, S.C.
Mequon

Ronald G. Pezze, Jr.
Otjen Law Firm, S.C.
Waukesha

Thomas J. Watson
Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.
Madison

8:30 a.m. : Screening, Accepting and Signing Up Personal Injury Cases

  • Initial client contact – screening, client interviews, CCAP and other research
  • Eventual value vs. true potential for recovery
  • Placing proper emphasis on damages vs. liability
  • Keeping costs and time in proper proportion to value and risk
  • Eventual fees vs. risk of loss
  • Public duty and pro bono representation

Kelly L. Centofanti

9:00 a.m. : Case Intake and First Steps for Defense of Personal Injury Cases

  • Defendant’s perspective: jury or non-jury considerations
  • Expert witnesses for the defendant: medical, accident reconstruction, and damage experts
  • Witness preparation: the defendant, fact witnesses, experts
  • Presentation of evidence: theme of the case, liability
  • Demonstrative evidence – direct evidence and visual aids
  • Closing arguments
  • Post-trial

Ronald G. Pezze, Jr.

9:30 a.m. : Pre-Suit Investigation

  • Witness statements, record collection, physical evidence
  • Finding coverage
  • Will you need experts?
    • Where to find them
    • What if your expert doesn’t agree?
  • Evaluation of the case: strengths, weaknesses, viability
  • Case theme
  • Do you need further investigation?
  • Presenting a demand letter
  • If and when a suit would be advisable
  • The value of the case: how to find this information
  • In a perfect world: what should be in the client’s file? (And what shouldn’t?)

Kelly L. Centofanti, Ronald G. Pezze, Jr.

10:00 a.m. : Statutes of Limitation, Notices of Claim/Injury, and Other Traps for the Unwary

  • Requirements for government claims
  • Traps to avoid in filing notices and claims

Kelly L. Centofanti

10:30 a.m. : Break

10:45 a.m. : Discovery – Formal and Informal

  • General considerations
  • Authorizations
  • Interrogatories
  • Depositions
    • Preparing for your first deposition
    • Dealing with the difficult witness
    • Should you try to win the case? Or set it up for trial?
  • Requests for Admission

Ronald G. Pezze, Jr.

11:30 a.m. :Subrogation/Section 102.29/ERISA/Medicare Set-Asides

  • Collateral source rule
  • Made whole rule
  • Health insurance liens

Kelly L. Centofanti 

12:00 p.m. : Lunch

1:00 p.m. : Mediation Overview

  • Responsibilities of attorneys
  • Responsibilities of mediators
  • Payment for mediation
  • Preparing the client

Matthew J. Kolodoski

1:15 p.m. : Preparing for Trial

  • Pre-trial motions including motions in limine
  • Scouting the courtroom for technology
  • Jury instructions and verdict
  • Preparing a trial notebook
  • Jury selection
  • Opening statement
  • Presentation of evidence
  • Direct examination of witnesses
  • Cross examination of witnesses
  • Proving specials
  • Proving pain, suffering and disability
  • Closing arguments
  • Post-trial relief

Kelly L. Centofanti, Ronald G. Pezze, Jr.

3:15 p.m. : Break

3:30 p.m. : Ethics: Avoiding the PI Malpractice Claim

Thomas J. Watson

4:30 p.m. : Program Concludes

Following program start times, webcast replay schedule will vary slightly from above listed times.

  • Receive step-by-step guidance through every stage of a personal injury case
  • Explore substantive law and issues to be aware of before starting a personal injury practice
  • Hear advice on client selection, pre-suit investigation, mediation, and trial preparation
  • Understand both plaintiff and defense perspectives
  • Discover how to avoid malpractice claims and maintain an ethical practice
  • Walk away with sample documents, practical tips, and tools to help you stay better organized and more efficient
  • Attorneys seeking to add personal injury to their practice
  • Experienced personal injury lawyers seeking a refresher
  • General practitioners

YLD Discount!

Young Lawyers Division members receive a $20 discount on tuition.* Discount applied automatically upon log-in.

*Young Lawyers Division Members are State Bar member attorneys 36 years of age or younger, or within five years of admission to the State Bar of Wisconsin. If you’ve opted out of YLD, you will not receive this discount. The $20 discount only applies to the live webcast and webcast replays, not CLE OnDemand. YLD members with Ultimate Passes, other CLE passes, or PINNACLE discounts are not eligible for this discount.


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