John Cooper is a Speaker at the VTLA’s May Tort Law Seminar
Car, truck and motorcycle accident injury litigation is a fast-changing and dynamic area. It’s important for attorneys to keep up with the latest developments. Next month, the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association will be taking its May Tort Law Seminar to four locations across the state. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers partner John Cooper will be playing a prominent role.
John Cooper is a Governor At-Large of the VTLA. Next year, he will become the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) chair for the State of Virginia.
The May seminars will be held in Richmond, Roanoke, Fairfax, and Virginia Beach where John will be a speaker.
The May Tort Law Seminar in Virginia is entitled The New Basics: Litigating Auto Cases 2018. The dates and venues are:
- May 9 – Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Innsbrook;
- May 15 – Roanoke Higher Education Center;
- May 23 – Holiday Inn Virginia Beach-Norfolk Conference Center;
- May 30 – Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax;
The seminars will highlight the latest developments in auto accident injury law. They will also reinforce the basics.
John Cooper will be talking about the importance of paving a strong foundation at the start of an auto accident case, concentrating on the ‘so-called’ three I’s, namely:
- Initial client meeting
Having well-established and strong and consistent intake protocols not only clarifies client-to-firm fit, it makes a good impression and sets your client’s expectations from the beginning of the case
Being well-organized before an initial meeting with your client gets a Virginia auto accident case off to the most productive start possible.
Investigations can take a matter of weeks or over a year. There is a wide range of investigative sources and techniques attorneys can use to support a client’s claim and counter defense attorney tactics. You should make the best use of your time in these early discussions and be fully prepared so as you are not caught off guard later in the case.
The May Tort Law Seminar in Virginia will also explore how injury lawyers can maximize insurance coverage for their clients. Knowing what insurance policies are applicable and how they work together is integral to achieving fair compensation for the injured client.
Whether a client has been hit by a personal car, an Uber/Lyft car, a commercial truck, or even a school bus, it’s important to know where to dig for, identify, and harvest all the potential automobile insurance coverages available to your injured client.
The seminar will consider the specifics of spinal and herniated disc injuries, one of the most serious and complicated injuries a car accident victim can suffer.
Spinal injuries, by their nature, are complex. Even a “minor” spinal injury can pose a terrifying situation for an injured client. Spinal injuries must be treated with great care and it’s vital to recover adequate compensation for an injury. Understanding the anatomy of the spine and the common injuries sustained by people injured in car wrecks, allows their attorneys to educate insurance adjusters, judges, and juries as to how their client suffered in the aftermath of a motor vehicle collision.
The May Tort Law Seminar will also contain sections on how best to maximize health insurance and obtain punitive damages. Additional money may be awarded after a car, truck or motorcycle wreck when the at-fault driver behaves in a reprehensible way. Examples improve being extremely intoxicated or refusing a breath test. The seminar will look at what constitutes bad behavior worthy of punitive damages.
The afternoon session will include a session on ethics in auto cases. Local judges will join discussions about procedures and strategies related to personal injury cases in General District and Circuit Courts in Virginia.
The VTLA has published its full program for the May Tort Seminar. The seminars earn attendees 7.5 CLE hours. For details of costs and how to register for the May Tort Seminar in Tidewater see the VTLA website.
Contact Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers if you have been injured in a car, truck or motorcycle accident at (757) 455-0077.