PARA 4280 Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury/Medical Malpractice
Review of basic tort law and insurance law as it relates to personal injuries; assisting the lawyer in personal injury legal practice; factual investigation of intentional torts; preparation of pleadings and other papers in tort litigation; assisting in settlement negotiations; preparation of exhibits and organization of personal injury cases. Introduction to and detailed review of procedures in prosecuting and defending medical malpractice cases, review of Louisiana Medical Malpractice Act, burdens of proof and theories of recovery, defenses available, obtaining and analyzing the medical record, basic medical terminology, selection and utilization of the expert witness: pre-trial preparation and discovery, researching medical literature, how to use the medical library and computer databases, trial of the malpractice action.
Pre-requistites: PARA 2010, 3020, 3030, 3050 and 3060 or by approval of Director.
credit hours: 3