Personal Injury Law Fundamentals

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Course Description

This program was recorded on February 2nd, 2018

    The course provides an overview of general personal injury topics without reference to any particular state.



    • Michael J. Trentalange
      Mr. Trentalange began his legal career with the Tampa office of Carlton Fields, one of Florida’s oldest and most respected law firms. In 1993, Mr. Trentalange started his own practice, specializing in the representation of Plaintiffs in civil litigation. In 2000, Mr. Trentalange and Elizabeth Kelley formed the current firm Trentalange & Kelley, P.A. Mr. Trentalange is Certified as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education and the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His practice is focused on the reprsentation of individuals who have suffered serious and catastrophic injuries. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Florida Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida.

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        • 2 General Credits
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      1. Introduction
      2. Evaluation of Claim
        1. Initial Interview
        2. Initial Investigation
        3. Choice of Law
        4. Demand Letter
      3. General Tort Principles
        1. Negligence
        2. Causation
        3. Common-Law Affirmative Defenses
        4. Intrafamily Immunity
        5. Premises Liability
        6. Statutory and Regulatory Violations
        7. Res Ipsa Loquitur
        8. Collateral Source Rule
        9. Death Cases
        10. Product Liability
        11. Damages in Personal Injury Cases
        12. Indemnification, Contribution, and Joint Tortfeasor Liability
        13. Emotional Distress in the Absence of Physical Injury
        14. Federal Employers’ Liability Act
        15. Professional Negligence
        16. Punitive Damages
      4. Auto Accidents
        1. COMPULSORY/NO-FAULT LAWS
        2. States with No-Fault and Meaning of No Fault
        3. Lawsuit Restriction
        4. Practice Note
        5. Liability Insurance
        6. Uninsured Motorist Protection
        7. Arbitration
        8. Taxicabs
        9. CLAIMS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT
        10. Claims against States and Municipalities
        11. Claims against the United States; Federal Tort Claims Act
      5. Premises Liability
        1. Slip and Fall Cases
        2. Negligent Security
      6. Statutes of Limitations
        1. Negligence
        2. Intentional Torts
        3. Death
        4. Discovery Rule

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