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Pre-Litigation Primer for Auto and Trucking Wrongful Death Cases

Take the necessary steps and acquire the correct documentation so you'll be prepared for your next auto and truck wrongful death case.

Wrongful death cases are never easy. Being sensitive, but also obtaining the facts you need can be challenging. This topic will walk you through the necessary steps you'll have to take to get the facts and documentation you'll need for pre-litigation mediation, or as a prerequisite to filing of legal action and progression to trial. This topic will give you the confidence and knowledge to take on your next auto and truck collision wrongful death case.

Runtime: 86 minutes
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Agenda

Who Is the Client?

  • Review Family Relationships
  • Determine Direct and Secondary Beneficiaries
  • Open Probate

Necessary Preliminary Documentation

  • Police Traffic Report and/or Investigative Reports
  • Spoilation Letter
  • Autopsy Report From Medical Examiner
  • Medical Records

Introducing the Decedent

  • Interview Family Members, Friends, Co-Workers, Acquantances for Testimony
  • Obtain "Course of Life" Photos, Videos, Memorial Service Program, Obituary

Experts

  • Investigator
  • Accident Reconstructionist
  • Medical Examiner and Other Medical Witnesses

Damages

  • Elements of Damages
  • Factors in Determining Accumulations

Decisions

  • Pre-Litigation Mediation
  • Demand vs. Complaint
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This course was last revised on December 11, 2015.

Call 1-866-352-9540 for further credit information.

This program does NOT qualify, nor meet the National Standard for NASBA accreditation.

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J.D. Smith

J.D. Smith

Law Office of J.D. Smith PLLC

  • Veteran personal injury attorney at Law Office of J.D. Smith, PLLC
  • Prior claims adjuster, underwriter and defense attorney
  • 60 civil jury trials to verdict; more than 100 arbitrations and more than 1,000 depositions
  • Former member of the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates; former president of the Washington State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division; advocate member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Professionalism Award, Washington State Association of Justice (WSAJ)
  • Instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)
  • J.D. degree, Texas A&M School of Law, undergraduate degree, Texas Wesleyan University
  • Can be contacted at 206-588-8530 or [email protected]
Ronald R. Ward

Ronald R. Ward

Ward Smith PLLC

  • Attorney at Ward Smith PLLC
  • Assisted clients in recovering multimillion dollar and multi six figure recoveries in auto, truck maritime and other personal injury and wrongful death settlements and verdicts
  • Named a Top Seattle Lawyer, one of the Top 40 Personal Injury Lawyers in Washington, and as a Super Lawyer since 2003
  • Former president, American Board of Trial Advocates, Washington Chapter, 2013; former president, Washington State Bar Foundation, 2008 to 2011; former president, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA), 2004; the first African-American to hold the post in the association’s then 114-year history
  • As WSBA president, founded the Washington Leadership Institute (WLI), a leadership development program for young lawyers, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented diverse groups; the WLI program has won national honors, including the American Bar Association Partnership Award and the LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Legal Fellowship, and has been adopted by other states
  • Recipient of numerous awards, including the Washington State Bar Association Award of Merit; Excellence in Diversity Award, Washington State Association for Justice Presidents Award; Loren Miller Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award; Washington State Bar Foundation Sally P. Savage Leadership In Philanthropy Award
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Product ID: 396331
Published 2015
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