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Handling a Personal Injury Case From Start to Finish 2019

Product ID: CM2877
Presented By: State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE

Endorsed by the Young Lawyers Division and the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

You’ll “fall” for this personal injury seminar

Personal injury cases have many layers and moving parts. Whatever your personal injury experience level, keeping your practice on track requires substantive law familiarity paired with extensive tactical know-how.

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Endorsed by the Young Lawyers Division and the Litigation Section of the State Bar of Wisconsin

You’ll “fall” for this personal injury seminar

Personal injury cases have many layers and moving parts. Whatever your personal injury experience level, keeping your practice on track requires substantive law familiarity paired with extensive tactical know-how.

Read More ↓

Sponsored By

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

Ronald G. Pezze, Jr.
Ratzel, Pytlik & Pezze LLC
Brookfield

Thomas J. Watson
Wisconsin Lawyers Mutual Insurance Co.
Madison

8:00 a.m. : Registration

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?
    o Where to find them
    o 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
    o Preparing for your first deposition
    o Dealing with the difficult witness
    o 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 (on your own)

1:00 p.m. : Mediation Overview

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

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

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.

2:15 p.m. : Behind the Curtain: What they don’t tell you about practicing PI in law school

  • Reading medical records
  • Saving money on medical records – use of the HITECH Act
  • Pretrial stipulations
  • Scheduling conferences
  • The importance of understanding the local rule
  • Jury instruction and verdict conference
  • Getting along with the other side

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

3:15 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 know before starting personal injury practice
  • Hear advice for 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 practical tips and tools to make you better organized and more efficient
  • Personal injury lawyers
  • General practitioners
  • New attorneys starting out in personal injury
  • Established attorneys new to personal injury
  • Experienced personal injury lawyers seeking a refresher

YLD Discount!

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


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