Deposing Nursing Home Staff and Corporate Representatives in Nursing Home Injury Cases

Questioning Deponents, Using Demonstrative Exhibits, Raising and Defending Objections, Dealing With Difficult Deponents, and More

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Thursday, April 20, 2017

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will prepare medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys representing victims in nursing home injury cases to depose nursing home staff and corporate representatives. The webinar will discuss best practices for effectively questioning deponents, videotaping depositions, using demonstrative exhibits, dealing with difficult nursing home staff and corporate representatives, and raising and defending objections. The panel will also discuss how to skillfully navigate Rule 30(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure when preparing deposition notices for nursing home corporate representatives.

Description

For attorneys representing victims in nursing home injury cases, the depositions of nursing home staff and corporate representatives are among the most significant events in the case. Depositions allow medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys an opportunity to scrutinize the nursing home’s policies and practices to determine if patient care and safety are a true priority. Testimony obtained from the nursing home corporate representative during the deposition binds the nursing home.

There are several strategic moves counsel should consider when deposing nursing home staff and corporate representatives, including videotaping the depositions and using demonstrative exhibits such as autopsy reports. When preparing to depose nursing home corporate representatives, attorneys must be sure to get the scope of the deposition notice right in accordance with Rule 30(b)(6) of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

Listen as our experienced panel explains legal and practical considerations for medical malpractice and personal injury attorneys when preparing for and conducting depositions of nursing home staff and corporate representatives in nursing home injury cases. The panelists will share useful insights on the strategic and effective use of these depositions.

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Outline

  1. Preparing for the deposition
    1. Notice requirements for 30(b)(6) depositions of nursing home corporate representatives
  2. Conducting the deposition
    1. Questioning staff and corporate representatives
    2. Videotaping the deposition
    3. Using demonstrative exhibits
    4. Raising and defending objections
    5. Dealing with evasive or difficult deponents

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What topics should attorneys explore when questioning nursing home staff and corporate representatives during depositions?
  • When and how should attorneys use demonstrative exhibits during depositions of nursing home staff and corporate representatives?
  • What are some best practices for crafting a deposition notice for the corporate representative that sufficiently defines the scope of the 30(b)(6) deposition?
  • What are best practices for dealing with difficult deponents?
  • What are effective techniques for raising and defending objections during depositions of nursing home staff and corporate representatives?

Faculty

Michael F. Bonamarte, IV
Michael F. Bonamarte, IV

Partner
Levin & Perconti

Mr. Bonamarte is well known for his work on behalf of those who have been harmed as a result of wrongful conduct. He...  |  Read More

Steven M. Levin
Steven M. Levin

Founder and Senior Partner
Levin & Perconti

Mr. Levin was among the first attorneys in the country to handle nursing home cases, and has established a reputation...  |  Read More

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