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.
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
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.
Good analysis from plaintiff’s perspective
The speaker was EXCELLENT. Truly enjoyable course, although outside of my general field of practice as a lawyer.
He was very competent and knowledgeable..
Mr. Brusca is amazing! Just one of the many excellent presenters you provide.
very enjoyable. just the right pace
Excellent presentation, engaging speaker obviously passionate about his specialty, great teaching style.
Another excellent lecture by this presenter.
Interesting and substantive program
Superb presentation. It's a blueprint for almost any litiigation in any area of law.,
This course was excellent both in information and presentation.
The speaker was excellent.
Excellent presentation. Thank you.
I really enjoyed this course
great course, very specific and detailed.
Excellent speaker and presenter!
One of the most informative CLEs on here.
Great presentation and very informative.
Very insightful with good practical tips
Very knowledgeable and an excellent presenter.
The BEST Lawline presenter. More from Michael Brusca, please!
That was a SERIOUSLY GREAT PRESENTATION!!!
Very good speaker
Very bright speaker. Interesting.
Speaker was full of practical information. Well done!
Very interesting arguments
This speaker gives very valuable information.
Top notch presentation. Great suit.