Understand common issues regarding foundation for and admissibility of medical records, medical bills, doctor’s testimony and opinions. Learn how to get controversial evidence admitted (or object to some).
Learn about Illinois Appellate Court cases that significantly impact the practice, with important insights for both Petitioner’s and Respondent’s attorneys. Supreme Court Rule 138 and 735 ILCS 5/8-2901 will also be discussed.
Learn about the top tips you need to remember when taking or defending a doctor’s deposition from both the Plaintiff’s and Defendant’s perspective. Walk through parts of actual deposition transcripts to see how those best practices are successfully implemented.
Need help with tricky medical evidence issues in civil and work comp cases? This course will not only improve your understanding of basic anatomy and physiology and related medical terminology but will also teach you best practices for obtaining medical records, complying with HIPAA, taking doctors’ depositions and admitting medical evidence at trial. In addition, special focus will be given to the differences between evidentiary requirements in civil court and the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission.
Learn effective practices for designing and delivering a direct examination, including crucial tips for redirect, and how a thorough understanding of the applicable rules of evidence will helps a litigator respond more effectively to objections from opposing counsel. Also includes tips on how to make the best impact with demonstrative exhibits.
Discovery is key to effective representation in divorce cases. Learn about the document production required at the initial stages of a divorce case and the evidentiary value of recorded conversations, text messages, Facebook messages, emails and other communications.
Understand the Standardized Field Sobriety Tests (SFST), officer's Alcohol Influence Report (AIR), and breath alcohol results as they are used in the examination of the reporting officer. Learn the best ways to utilize the SFST reports and other documents during direct and cross examination and how to lay the proper foundation for a police officer's testimony about the administration of the SFST's, the State's "Exhibit A". Specific attention will be paid to the officer's observations (including bloodshot eyes, odor of alcohol, slurred speech, etc.).
This program is tightly focused on direct and cross-examination skills for DUI trials. Seasoned litigators instruct on best practices for examining police officers and expert witnesses who often testify at DUI trials and a judge advises on how attorneys can most successfully present their cases.