Getting Your Evidence Admitted in Auto Injury Cases


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

This course offers practical, useful tips and suggestions for successful admission of evidence at the trial of an automobile injury cases. From Life Tables to scene photographs, and hospital bills to animations, real life examples will be used to assist your successful trial presentation. Common objections and evidentiary issues, and how to overcome them, will be discussed as well.

This course is co-sponsored by the Federal Bar Association.

Key topics to be discussed:

•   Qualifying your expert
•   Introduction of electronically created and stored evidence
•   Shortcuts to proof
•   Common objections and how to defeat them

Date / Time: March 28, 2019

•   10:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern
•   9:00 am – 11:00 am Central
•   8:00 am – 10:00 am Mountain
•   7:00 am – 9:00 am Pacific

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Original Broadcast Date: March 28, 2019

Dennis F. O’Brien, Esq. is a sole practitioner in Bel Air, Maryland. In over 37 years of practice, he has tried over 150 jury trials to verdict, has argued 9 cases in the Court of Appeals of Maryland, and another 45 in the intermediate appellate court and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. He has handled complex cases involving gas explosions, medical negligence, insurance disputes, as well as severely injured victims of automobile accidents. The vast majority of his cases are referred by other counsel who seek his expertise for evaluation, working up, and trying these cases. He regularly consults with attorneys about issues in their cases and how to solve problems. A recent beneficiary of his consulting efforts wrote: “Your wise counsel and excellent ides regarding statutory options helped settle this case for policy limits at a relatively early juncture in this very challenging lawsuit.”

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Section I. Overview – What are you trying to accomplish?

Section II. Common evidence issues
a) Photographs
b) Medical records and bills
c) Life Tables
d) Investigation reports
e) Impeachment

Section III. Shortcuts to Proof (Spend less time and money)
a) Request for admission
b) Stipulations
c) Using one witness for other evidence
d) Sources of evidence that may be admitted

Section IV. Common Objections

Section V. Direct and Cross Examination

Section VI. Experts: Pitfalls and Problems
a) Qualifications
b) Opinions
c) Daubert and other challenges
d) Cross-examination/impeachment

Section VII. Electronically Created and Stored Evidence

Section VIII. Hearsay

Section IX. Techniques to Survive Trial