Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: A Critical Resource in Complex Personal Injury

Attorneys often struggle when analyzing a claimant whose issues span multiple medical and surgical specialties.  For example, say that a 65-year-old woman fractured her hip, and then developed a stroke,…

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Exhumation Autopsy: Strategic and Practical Perspectives

Few forensic endeavors raise more questions and intrigue than exhumation autopsy. In nearly all societies and throughout the millennia, the grave is sacrosanct. Protected by both cultural norms and statute, it is exceedingly rare to disturb a final resting place. In some situations, however, local authorities will grant permission to perform exhumation when there is a compelling forensic reason. Such reasons may exist within civil litigation when an autopsy was not performed, or when allegations arise that an autopsy was performed improperly. (more…)

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Building a Case Timeline: The First Step in Analyzing Time-Sensitive Cases

Timing is everything, and a detailed timeline is the first step in analyzing any time-sensitive medical negligence case. Time-sensitive cases are those that allege harm due to delayed diagnosis or treatment of an urgent disease or process. Classic examples include acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), testicular torsion, pulmonary embolism, sepsis, and thrombolytic (TPA) administration in stroke. Entities like these are exquisitely time-dependent, and they require a comprehensive timeline to compile and analyze the course of events. (more…)

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Four Tips When Obtaining an Independent Medical Examination

Obtaining an independent medical examination is crucial to any legal case involving injuries or alleged medical malpractice.

When a patient believes he or she has sustained critical injuries at the hands of another individual, a medical malpractice or a personal injury lawsuit may ensue. In some situations, there may be a criminal lawsuit as well if assault or violent harm is involved. (more…)

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Expert vs. Expert: Using an Opposition Medical Expert Witness to Full Capacity

In any personal injury or medical malpractice case, both sides are likely to rely upon medical expert witnesses. It is necessary, even in the event that an attorney intends to fully depose the plaintiff’s medical expert witness, to consider whether or not hiring your own expert witness will be beneficial. (more…)

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What Attorneys Should Know About Medical Expert Witness Disqualification

All of the work involved in selecting the right medical expert witness and preparing him or her for report drafting and court appearances can go to waste if opposing counsel attempts to disqualify the expert.

In most cases, one should expect the opposing side to call the expert’s credibility into question, but in other situations, it may involve an attempted disqualification of the expert witness entirely. (more…)

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