Personal Injury Law 101: Handle a PI case from A-Z


CLE credits earned: 2 GENERAL (or 2 LAW & LEGAL for WA state)

How to correctly work up a PI case from the beginning so that you don’t fail at trial. Attorneys can expect to learn how to effectively obtain a client’s story, how to pursue proper medical treatment, and how to manage their case. Lastly, attorneys will learn how to prepare for trial, including utilizing expert witnesses, using focus groups, and how to focus on the client’s story.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Proper Client Intake and Medical Treatment
•   Continuing the Client’s Story and Developing General Damages in the Demand
•   Pitfalls to Avoid in PI Cases
•   Using Focus Groups to Prepare for Trial
•   Focusing on the Client’s Story for Trial

Date / Time: April 6, 2020

•   2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 3:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 1:00 pm Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: August 8, 2019

Adam Hepburn, Esq. is a founding partner of Hepburn, Hernandez and Jung Trial Attorneys, a Southern California law firm specializing in personal injury and criminal defense. Adam grew up in a hard-working blue-collar family near the foothills in Los Angeles County, before attending U.C. Berkeley and law school. Right out of law school, Adam joined the San Diego County Public Defender’s Office and began trying difficult cases right off the bat. Early in Adam’s practice, he distinguished himself as a highly skilled and talented trial attorney. He litigated many trials against both the District Attorney’s Office and City Attorney’s Office with amazing results. Adam enjoyed many not guilty verdicts and many case dismissals throughout his career, recognized by his peers and the court as skilled litigator.

Wanting to develop his trial skills even further, Adam was hand selected and accepted into one of the most highly regarded trial skills programs in the world, The Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College, located in Dubois, Wyoming. Adam constantly strives to sharpen his skills as a trial attorney so that he can fight and obtain justice for his clients. In his most recent trial, Adam and one of his law partners obtained an incredible PI verdict that was 27-times what the defense insurance company offered pre-trial.

Elliott Jung, Esq. is a founding partner of Hepburn, Hernandez and Jung Trial Attorneys, a Southern California law firm specializing in personal injury and criminal defense. He is the head of the litigation and trial department. At the start of his career, Elliott focused on trying cases and telling his client’s stories. During his first two years alone as an attorney, he completed a record number of jury trials at his prior office completing 25+ trials and received the highest number of not guilty verdicts in his class. He was fast-tracked to work on high profile and serious cases where his clients faced multiple life sentences.

Elliott has been successful at trial in a variety of cases receiving not guilty verdicts on a large spectrum of cases including charges anywhere from petty thefts to more serious charges like robbery, attempted murder, and even manslaughter. Elliott was so successful with his abilities in court and in trial that he was asked by the head supervising attorney at his prior office to step into a high-profile murder trial when the trial was in its middle stages.

Elliott has transitioned his trial skills into the civil arena and has utilized them as a plaintiff’s attorney. He steps in as co-counsel on cases headed to trial and assists other attorneys with their cases. Elliott also holds a strong belief in giving back to the next generation of attorneys and their abilities to seek justice for each client. He was invited to teach as an adjunct professor at California Western Law School teaching the school’s main trial skills program and guiding law students into becoming an effective advocate for their clients.

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Section I. Client Intake – How to Properly Conduct a Client Intake
a) Thoroughness is Key; Discover the Client’s Story Early

Section II. Finding the Right Medical Providers – “The Do’s and Don’ts” of finding the right treatment for your client
a) Different approaches for finding the right medical providers

Section III. Pitfalls to Avoid
a) Minor Property Damage – Vehicle Inspections
b) Over-Treating / Under-Treating
c) Dragging your feet pre-filing
d) Demands
e) Policy Limits
f) Prompt Discovery

Section IV. Using Focus Groups to Prepare for Trial
a) How to Prepare, Plan, and Execute a Focus Group
b) What to Focus on in the Focus Group
c) General Logistics
d) Timeframe Before Trial

Section V. Trial
a) When you should go to trial
b) How to Prepare for Trial
c) Focus on the Client’s Story
d) Keep it Simple