Plaintiff-side personal injury law generates frequent and costly legal malpractice claims. It has accounted for nearly one in five claims here in Oregon since 2019, according to data tracking by the Professional Liability Fund. Amy Hoven, PLF Claims Attorney, Brian Dretke, owner of The Dretke Law Firm, and Amber Bevacqua-Lynott, Senior Counsel at Buchalter discuss malpractice traps, recent changes in the law, and ethical issues common to personal injury matters.
This CLE will follow the stages of a typical PI case from start to finish – addressing topics such as client selection and conflict checks; statutes of limitation and other deadlines; client intake and scope of representation; service errors; motion practice; witness preparation; case settlement; and insurance coverage issues. The presenters will provide practical tips for avoiding these traps and explain how the PLF can help if you think you made a mistake.
Handling Personal Injury Cases: Malpractice Traps and Ethical Concerns for Lawyers
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