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Opening Statements in Nursing Home Negligence Cases

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Produced on February 23, 2015

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Course Information

Time 61 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

The opening statement is a missed opportunity for many attorneys.  It may be the first time that any member of the jury meets an attorney and it can thus set the tone for the rest of the trial.  Crafting a powerful opening statement in a nursing home negligence case is imperative to establishing a strong case in the courtroom. 

 

Here, attorney Michael Brusca emphasizes that knowing what you need from the very beginning is crucial to building your case, and examines the impact of properly expressing this in your opening statement.

 

Learning Objectives:

I.    Understand nursing home cases within the “big picture”

II.   Cultivate a story

III.  Identify a point of view for the narrative

IV.  Recognize necessary documents and discovery

 

Credit Information

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Faculty

Michael A. Brusca

Davis & Brusca

Since 2009, Michael has focused the majority of his practice on representing vulnerable people and their families when there is abuse or neglect in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, group homes, and hospitals.

Michael knows how to go to trial when necessary. He was lead counsel on the Estate of Mary Dwyer v. Harborview, the largest nursing home verdict in the state of New Jersey – a $13.2 million dollar verdict in Hudson County. He received great training serving as an Air Force Judge Advocate, where he tried many cases all over the world in the United States, Japan, Qatar, and Kuwait.

As a specialist, he regularly lectures around the country and teaches other lawyers how to prosecute these claims. He’s been published many times, including in the New Jersey Law Journal and the national attorney magazine Trial.

Having lost his own family members in institutions, Michael has a certain level of understanding with all of his clients. He knows first hand what it’s like to see someone you care about struggling, and brings a specific passion to his work.



Reviews

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Maria H.

He was very competent and knowledgeable..

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Patricia S.

A comprehensive presentation and 5 module series on nursing home / SNF litigation. As an RN/JD, I'm especially impressed with the focus on corporate malfeasance rather than focusing on med mal, which seems to be the default for anything wrong that occurs in health systems.

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Charles H.

Good job

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William L S.

Excellent presentation.

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benjamin a.

very good

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Catherine B.

Mr. Brusca is amazing! Just one of the many excellent presenters you provide.

JL
Jeffrey L.

very enjoyable. just the right pace

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Barbara S.

Excellent presentation, engaging speaker obviously passionate about his specialty, great teaching style.

CB
Candace B.

Great Presentation!

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Geralyn C.

Another excellent lecture by this presenter.

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Thomas H.

Outstanding!

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Raymond K.

Interesting and substantive program

RC
Richard C.

Superb presentation. It's a blueprint for almost any litiigation in any area of law.,

CF
Candace F.

Excellent presentation.

JM
Joseph M.

Very good.

KK
Karyl K.

Great speaker.

EL
Eduardo L.

Excellent

AG
Andrew D G.

This course was excellent both in information and presentation.

RD
Robert D.

Very helpful.

LW
Lori W.

The speaker was excellent.

MM
Michael M.

Excellent presentation. Thank you.

SL
Sandra L.

I really enjoyed this course

TV
Todd V.

great course, very specific and detailed.

CC
Christina C.

Excellent speaker and presenter!

AD
Adam D.

One of the most informative CLEs on here.

TW
Tom W.

Great presentation and very informative.

RM
Rodney M.

Very insightful with good practical tips

CC
Clifford C.

Very knowledgeable and an excellent presenter.

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Ruth G.

The BEST Lawline presenter. More from Michael Brusca, please!

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Constance S.

That was a SERIOUSLY GREAT PRESENTATION!!!

CB
Cynthia B.

Very good speaker

RT
Robert T.

Very bright speaker. Interesting.

CS
Curtis S.

Masterfull

IP
irene p.

Speaker was full of practical information. Well done!

NM
Nicholas M.

Very interesting arguments

DM
Demyra M.

This speaker gives very valuable information.

JF
Joel F.

Top notch presentation. Great suit.

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