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Personal Injury-Practice Area Courses
This page summarizes the Advanced Paralegal Certification Personal Injury practice area courses. Use the links below to review the items, register or login to the course. If you have not already registered as a user on the NALA APC web site, click "Register for the Course." If you have already registered for this or another APC course, you have already created a user account, click "Login."

Paralegals who are not seeking the Advanced Paralegal Certification credential are welcome to register and take any APC courses as advanced continuing education programs. CLE credit is available upon completion of the courses from NALA for Certified Paralegals, and from various state CLE programs.

These are one-module courses.  Practice Area Courses were released in March 2010.

Prerequisite Knowledge Learning Contract Register for a practice area course
Fee:   $150 Members; $200 Non Members

Personal Injury Practice Area Certification

The Advanced Paralegal Certification Program for Personal Injury paralegals offers a variety of certifications to paralegals based on practice areas. Paralegals may earn multiple certifications in practice areas.  If a Certified Paralegal (CP) successfully completes the Core Course and all 8 practice area courses, the paralegal is eligible for the ACP Personal Injury Credential. 

The following is required of Certified Paralegals (CP) for ACP certification in a practice area:

  • CP certification in good standing 
  • Successful completion of PI Core Course Pre-Test
    Note: This is requirement is waived for paralegals with the Discovery and Trial Practice ACP Certifications. 
  • Successful completion of PI Core Course including submission of the Learning Contract and Statement of Completion 
  • Successful completion of a PI practice area course including submission of the Learning Contract and Statement of Completion

For paralegals seeking multiple certifications, the PI Core Course, and Pre-test, may be completed only once.

Fees:  The Personal Injury Core Course registration fee includes ONE practice area course. Subsequent practice area courses are $150 for members and $200 for non-members of NALA.
Practice Area Courses Description

These are one-module courses.  Each practice area course emphasizes student participation as a method of learning.

The course material is structured around a case scenario. Students are asked to develop a "cast of characters/witnesses," and a case information form based on information in each scenario. The case information form asks students to identify such items as theories of liability, damages, defenses and key facts. 

In addition, students are asked to apply concepts and principles discussed in the course material to specific questions related to the course scenario. 

Automobile Accidents
In this module, we discuss various injuries and liabilities that often accompany operation or use of motor vehicles. This includes owners, operators, and parties who can be liable, types of collisions that occur, theories of liability, defenses, use of experts, and discovery and litigation issues.

  Entity Medical Liability
This module looks at liability faced by various entities that provide medical care in employing medical care providers, such as hospitals, professional corporations, managed care organizations, nursing homes, and home health care providers. The module discusses direct entity liability as well as vicarious liability, such as agency and respondeat superior; issues with drugs and medical products; and the role of Medicare and Medicaid, including the Medicare Secondary Payer statute.
  Individual Medical Liability
This module looks at medical malpractice liability of individual medical care providers, such as physicians and nurses. The module discusses past and present legal theories of recovery; standards and duties of care imposed on medical practitioners; prescription drugs; types of malpractice cases; the role of experts in the malpractice case; and limitations and common defenses.
  Intentional Torts
This module presents the basic elements and issues required for intentional torts, and particular types of intentional torts such as assault, battery, false imprisonment, abuse of process, defamation, invasion of privacy, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.
  Premises Liability
This module discusses the liabilities that come with ownership, occupation, and possession of property, such as the status of various people on the property; duties of care owed by public businesses and private residence owners; duties of maintenance and the elements of a typical "slip and fall" case; and liabilities for damages caused by animals and "attractive nuisances."
  Product Liability
This module discusses the duties imposed by law on manufacturers of products to properly design, test, and inspect their products before distributing them to the public; duties to provide adequate warnings, instructions, and directions; theories of liability such as negligence, strict liability, and breach of warranty under the Uniform Commercial Code; the paralegal's role in product research and investigation; the effect of various regulations and standards applied to products; and the role of experts in product litigation.
  Workers' Compensation
This module examines state and federal workers' compensation statutes that cover injuries, disabilities, and deaths of employees due to accidents or diseases incurred on the job. The module discusses the employer-employee relationship, particular types of injuries that are covered; the requirement of an employment connection; interaction of state and federal safety requirements, including OSHA; compensable injuries and disabilities; available compensation; claim procedures; and the availability of other remedies.
  Wrongful Death
This module looks at the history of common-law survival of tort actions and statutory schemes for redress of wrongful deaths. This module discusses different types of wrongful death statutes, such as survival statutes that preserve a decedent's rights of action; the ALI Model Survival and Death Act; statutes that create a new cause of action for the benefit of specific heirs of the decedent; types of acts that are "wrongful" under the statutes; recoverable damages; relatives of the decedent who may benefit from wrongful death actions; defense's allocation and distribution of proceeds; and disqualification of beneficiaries.
Prerequisite Knowledge
The Personal Injury Core Course and Specialty Area Courses are written for paralegals with a working knowledge of the following:
Federal Rules of Civil Procedure
Federal Rules of Evidence
Statutes of Limitations and Repose
Burden of Proof
Damages and Remedies
Insurance Policies and Subrogation
Practice & Procedure Forms
Power of Attorney
Release and Consent
Witness Statements and Affidavits
Internet Research