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Medical Expert Witness Testimony and Reasonable Degree of Certainty

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The phrase “reasonable degree of scientific certainty” or “reasonable degree of scientific probability” has been cropping up in courtrooms for decades. It is used as a metric for admissibility, as well as evidence of confidence and reliability in an expert’s stated findings. But what does the phrase actually mean? Must the opinion be accepted… Read More »

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What an Expert Witness Can Do in Your Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Case

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There are many types of witnesses who can testify in a civil case. There are eyewitnesses, also called lay witnesses or fact witnesses, who testify about events they saw or otherwise have personal knowledge of, such as records in their possession (custodian of records). There are also character witnesses who know one of the… Read More »

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What to Expect During an Independent Medical Exam (IME)

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The independent medical examination (IME) is a necessary, if nerve-wracking, part of many insurance claims. Insurance providers require policyholders to undergo an IME to ensure that they have a qualifying illness or injury appropriate for coverage, and to evaluate the appropriate level of coverage. If you’ve been hurt and are seeking coverage from your… Read More »

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How to Compensate an Expert Witness for Travel

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When you hire an expert witness for your case, you want a professional in the industry with proper education, training, and experience. The best experts have stellar resumes, which serves to boost their credibility. Finding the right expert may require searching out of county or out of state. Your chosen witness may have a… Read More »

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When to Use a Neurosurgeon Expert

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Expert witnesses are a necessary part of many lawsuits. Whether your claims involve medical malpractice, personal injury, workplace disability, or other medical issues, it’s vital to have an experienced medical expert on your side–for the plaintiff or defense. When the case turns on neurological damage, you need assistance from a certified neurosurgeon. Continue reading… Read More »

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Establishing the Standard of Care With a Medical Expert Witness

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Expert witnesses are an important element of many legal proceedings. In some cases, such as medical malpractice matters, expert witnesses are all but necessary (and in many states, legally required). Winning a medical malpractice case requires establishing the medical standard of care and explaining how the defendant healthcare professional’s conduct failed to meet that… Read More »

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Questions Expert Witnesses Need to Be Able to Answer at Deposition/Trial

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Providing an expert opinion in a legal matter is about more than applying scientific principles to facts. The expert witness must be willing and able to withstand heavy questioning and extreme scrutiny from opposing counsel during a deposition and while testifying at trial. Below, we cover several of the most important areas of questioning… Read More »

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Expert Witness Credibility: What Can Influence Perception?

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Expert witnesses are judged on several criteria, fairly or unfairly. Their success in the courtroom depends on many factors that, combined, affect whether the jury finds the expert credible and their opinion persuasive. Read on for a discussion of what makes an expert witness credible and successful, and call an effective medical expert witness… Read More »

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Why and When Medical Expert Witness/Testimony is Needed

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Medical expert witnesses are an essential element of many lawsuits, including medical malpractice cases, products liability matters, or other personal injury claims. In many cases, a medical expert’s opinion is a baseline requirement before a claim can even be filed. Below, we discuss how and when a medical expert’s testimony may be used by… Read More »

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Common Mistakes Attorneys Make When Using Expert Witnesses

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Expert testimony can make or break your case. A reliable expert can help you track down valuable evidence, advise on how to interpret evidence you do locate, and convince a judge or jury that your side of the dispute has merit. An expert opinion, however, is only as good as the legal work around… Read More »

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