April 30, 2013

Rosalie Hamilton On "Attorneys Know The Drill"

In Litigants Are Not Your Clients, expert witness marketing consultant Rosalie Hamilton offers the caution that rarely does good come from doing "legal work" for a non-legal client.

In the future, if/when you get a call from an individual, simply inform him/her that you do medical-legal consulting work only for attorneys, and they should ask their attorney to call you. If no attorney, pass. Too much risk for the pay.

Read more: http://expertcommunications.blogspot.com/

April 29, 2013

Materials Expert Witnesses & SF-Oakland Bridge

Materials expert witnesses may consult on material failure analysis, building materials, material testing, and industrial materials processing. SFgate.com reports this week that the new eastern span of the SF-Oakland Bay Bridge has bolts made from galvanized steel that is virtually identical to that banned for use on bridges due to cracking. Dr. Charles J. McMahon, Jr., Professor Emeritus, Materials Science and Engineering, says "this steel is almost guaranteed to give you cracking under these conditions."

Caltrans is testing bolts on the bridge that are similar to ones that cracked when workers tightened them in March.


April 28, 2013

Patents Expert Witnesses & Design Patents

Patents expert witnesses may consult on design patents, international patents, licensing, and related issues. In Will Spanx Case Make Design Patents a Fashion Trend?, Legal Blog Watch writes:

The escalating patent battle between shapewear makers Spanx and Yummie Tummie over body-slimming camisoles has sparked discussion about what it and similar cases may mean for the future of design patents in the fashion industry.

Read more: http://legalblogwatch.typepad.com

April 27, 2013

Cell Phone Tracking Expert Witnesses & Pinging

Cell phone tracking expert witnesses may provide reports regarding electronic surveillance, internet and computer surveillance, cell phone tracking and associated matters. In INDIVIDUAL PRIVACY VERSUS CELLPHONE PINGING: The Tension between Modern Technology, Constitution and the Courts, Houston criminal lawyer John Floyd and paralegal Billy Sinclair describe cell phone pinging and how it can be subject to abuse, e.g. violation of privacy.

Read their discussion: http://www.johntfloyd.com/blog/2013/04/individual-privacy-versus-cellphone-pinging/

April 26, 2013

Business Valuation Expert Witness Testifies vs. Investment Plan Directors

Ernst & Young's Andre Toh testified as a business valuation expert witness in the trial against three Profitable Plots directors accused of cheating 86 clients in Singapore of more than $8M US. The fraudulent investment plan was the work of Timothy N. Goldring, John A. Nordmann, and Geraldine A. Thomas. Mr. Toh specializes in valuation and business modeling.

April 25, 2013

Emergency Medicine Expert Witness On Zithromax

In Zithromax and Sudden Death, emergency medicine expert witness Barry E. Gustin, MD, MPH, FAAEP, FACFM, writes:

At one time or another, most of us have taken the antibiotic, Zithromax. It is one of the most commonly prescribed medications for conditions including bronchitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, and others. The discussion that follows has to do with Zithromax's side-effects, some of which are potentially life-threatening. Recently, I have seen a case in my emergency room of sudden cardiac arrest secondary to the cardiac effects of Zithromax. The FDA has recently warned of this phenomenon.

A recent FDA bulletin wrote that antibiotic azithromycin (Zithromax, Zmax; Pfizer) poses the risk of a potentially fatal irregular heart rhythm and therefore warrants careful screening of patients for this drug.

Read more: http://www.emergencymedicineexpert.com/.

April 24, 2013

Mistakes Attorneys Make With Medical Negligence Cases Part 2

In Seven Costly Mistakes Attorneys Make With Medical Negligence Cases, Dr. Burton Bentley of Elite Medical Experts LLC writes:

Although the rate of negligence claims against medical providers has begun to level off, the cost of litigating these actions has risen dramatically. Vast amounts of time and money are lost when attorneys — whether retained by plaintiff or defense — pursue a non-meritorious case or litigate a worthy case inefficiently. Beware of the following costly errors:

MISTAKE #2: UTILIZING AN EXPERT WHO IS NOT BOARD-CERTIFIED BY THE AMERICAN BOARD OF MEDICAL SPECIALTIES
When credibility and professionalism is paramount, it is surprising that so many firms utilize experts with questionable credentials. Although the internet has provided countless means by which any “expert” can purchase “board certification”, there is only one universally accepted gold-standard for Board Certification: The American Board of Medical Specialties. The ABMS is a non-profit organization that oversees standards and certification for all twenty-four recognized medical and surgical specialties.

Truly Board-Certified specialists are known as Diplomates and are identified by the words, “American Board of…” preceding the name of their specialty. For example, “Diplomate of the American Board of Emergency Medicine”. Other copycat “boards” employ similar sounding names though they may not use the designation of “American Board”. A Board-Certified actively practicing physician is the only expert with whom an attorney should consult. Utilizing an expert with questionable credentials may prove fatal to your case.

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April 23, 2013

OSHA Expert Witness On Construction Site Injuries

In Construction site injuries/fatalities OSHA expert witness Jon J. Pina writes:

Construction sites have ranked high on OSHA’s “hit list” for random inspections simply because of their high fatality rate. Due to the nature of different tasks among various contractors many hazards may exist and develop on a continual basis as work progresses. OSHA’s Multi-employer Directive is an enforcement regulation developed to coordinate activities to ensure contractors work safely and don’t create hazards for other contractor employees. The four entities of the Multi-employer Directive are the “controlling,” “creating,” “correcting,” and “exposing” employer.

Most fatalities are caused by falls from elevation, equipment struck-bys, electrical shock, and trenching cave-ins. The General Contractor (GC) or Construction Manager (GM) is usually the “controlling” employer by contract and ultimately responsible for the safety management of all parties. Job Safety Analyses (JSA) s, a valuable tool developed for all tasks and used in “toolbox” meetings, should be mandatory along with a site specific safety and health plan. All contractor and subcontractor safety and health plans should be at as strict as the safety and health program of the GC or GM.

April 22, 2013

Wrongful Death Expert Witnesses & Tylenol MDL

Wrongful death expert witnesses may consult on issues involving wrongful death claims, wrongful death lawsuits, and wrongful death awards. A New York wrongful death case joined the multidistrict litigation taking place in Philadelphia against McNeil Consumer & Specialty Pharmaceuticals. Cathleen Murphy filed suit after the death of her husband Michael Murphy which she says is a result of taking Extra Strength Tylenol. Murphy claims the pharmaceutical is toxic to the liver. Mr. Murphy died of acute liver failure. U.S. District Judge Lawrence F. Stengel is presiding.

http://www.fjc.gov/servlet/nGetInfo?jid=3063&cid=999&ctype=na&instate=na

April 21, 2013

Petroleum Engineering Expert Witness Testified In BP Case

BP’s petroleum engineering expert witness testified this week that the company was drilling safely before the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Retired LSU professor Adam T. Bourgoyne Jr. is president of Bourgoyne Enterprises, Inc. and active as a professional petroleum engineer. He described the Deepwater crew as following normal industry practices at the Macondo well. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana judge Carl J. Barbier is hearing the case. In a separate trial, two BP well supervisors are charged with manslaughter in the deaths of eleven workers.

April 20, 2013

Silicone Expert Witnesses & Implant Trial

Silicone expert witnesses may opine on silicone products, silicone polymer and silicone gel-filled breast implants. Five French executives at French company Poly Implant Prothese went on trial in Marseilles, France, over implants found to be unsafe. Over 300,000 women around the world got the implants which has resulted in 5,000 civil plaintiffs. Poly Implant Prothese sold the implants world wide from 2001 to 2010. French authorities advised women to have the the implants surgically removed to safeguard against leaking and the inferior gel releasing toxic substances.

PIP's founder Jean-Claude Mas has admitted filling the implants with a homemade recipe of industrial grade silicone gel. He is under investigation for manslaughter in the death of a woman with the implants who died of cancer. Mas worked as a medical sales representative for Bristol Myers for 15 years before starting PIP. PIP has now gone into liquidation.

More information at http://www.reuters.com/.

April 19, 2013

Insurance Expert Witness On Recurring Insurance Litigation Themes Part 5

In Property & Casualty Insurance Procurement & Litigation (Ten Recurring Themes Every Lawyer Should Know) insurance expert witness David L. Stegall, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPA, of Risk Consulting & Expert Services writes on ten recurring themes that often lead to litigation. Attorneys either dealing in insurance procurement litigation issues or with clients who purchase insurance may want to consider these ten themes:

Theme 5 of 10
An agent, more often than not, has a duty to advise (his clients). In the 2007 study “INSURANCE AGENTS’ DUTY TO ADVISE”, The Hassett Law Firm, P.L.C., of Phoenix, AZ, dealt with this question in an article by the same name. Two-thirds of the states’ case law indicates that, yes, agents do have a duty to advise their clients, at least on a case-by-case basis. This duty may be difficult to establish in 13 states, and agents are considered simply “order takers” in five states (AL, MT, RI, UT, WV). Attorneys need to check their specific state statutes and case law on this issue. As regards the precise scope of this duty, variances do exist between each state.

Lesson #5: Agents (in most cases) have a duty to do more than to just place coverage and have a responsibility to use their special knowledge to the benefit of their clients.

Reoccurring Conclusion: Just like poor legal advice, poor understanding of insurance procurement issues can be very expensive for your client!

David Stegall is the Principal Consultant at Risk Consulting & Expert. Mr. Stegall holds a B.A. in Communication from Auburn University and is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, an Associate in Risk Management and an Associate in Reinsurance, all awarded by The Institutes in Malvern. PA. He is also a Director of the Society of Risk Management Consultants.

April 18, 2013

White Collar Crime Expert Witnesses

White collar crime expert witnesses may testify regarding fraud examination, business crimes, white collar employees, and fraud. This week Evan B. Dooley of Mount Pleasant, TN, was sentenced in Chicago to five years in federal prison for violating the Commodity Exchange Act. Dooley made unlawful futures trades on the Chicago Board of Trade while working at MF Global Inc. from 2006 to 2008. As a result, MF Global Inc. lost $141 million which Dooley was ordered to repay.

More info at http://www.therepublic.com/.

April 17, 2013

Forensic Psychiatry Expert Witness Testifies In Schaffhausen Case

Psychiatry expert Dr. Erik David Knudson examined Aaron Schaffhausen and testified in St. Croix County District Court that he believes Schaffhausen was sane when he killed his three daughters in July. Schaffhausen admits to killing his children but says he is not responsible due to his mental illness. The jury rejected his insanity defense and he was found guilty Tuesday.

The forensic psychiatry expert witness testified that none of the defendant's diagnoses qualified as legal insanity. Dr. Knudson practices at the Mendota Mental Health Institute in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry.

Read more at http://kstp.com/news/.

April 16, 2013

Environmental Toxicology Expert Witnesses & Fire Retardants

Environmental toxicology expert witnesses may write reports and opine regarding toxic chemicals exposure, PCBs, forensic toxicology, and related matters. The Washington state Senate Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee heard testimony on legislation to ban two carcinogenic flame retardants in car seats, strollers and other products made for young children. Chlorinated Tris (TDCPP) was banned from children’s sleepwear in 1977 but is still used as a foam additive. New York state banned TCEP from children's products two years ago.

The Washington State Council of Fire Fighters and the Washington Toxics Coalition supports the Toxic-Free Kids and Families Act (House Bill 1294 and Senate Bill 5181) which bans two forms of tris flame retardants (TDCPP and TCEP) in children's products and home furniture beginning July 1, 2014. It would also prevent makers of children's products and home furniture from replacing Tris with other toxic flame retardants that have been identified by the state Ecology Department as a concern for children's health beginning July 1, 2015.

April 15, 2013

Legal Fees Expert Witness & DLA Piper Billing

Legal fees expert witnesses may advise regarding attorneys' fees, legal billing, and fee disputes. DLA Piper, a global law firm with 4,200 lawyers located in more than 30 countries, is being sued for overbilling. Emails sent by several former DLA Piper lawyers uncover billing for unnecessary or unworked hours in a New York bankruptcy case. Adam Victor hired DLA Piper to handle a case for the power plant company Project Orange Associates. Victor is now suing his former law firm.

DLA Piper v. Victor, 650374/2012 Supreme Court of the State of New York.

April 14, 2013

Insurance Expert Witness On The Business Of Healthcare

In Healthcare Reform: Hurricane or Rainbow, insurance expert witness Stephen George, MBA-HA, writes:

The common denominator to the “business of healthcare” is the assumption and management of financial risk. Fewer and fewer insurers will allow physicians and hospitals a blank check going forward, and our government will set the pace of the charge because of the burgeoning Medicare and Medicaid entitlement programs. The sooner medical providers realize their future autonomy hinges on balancing cost with efficacy of care, the better chance of keeping control. The AMA has been enormously effective at repealing federal fee schedule cuts, but that cannot be counted on forever. The AHA has been noticeably ineffective in getting cuts repealed. Should the national insurance advocates have their way, tremendous change is in store for hospitals, physicians, health insurers and consumers.

Mr. George is a federal court qualified expert witness. He is certified by the AMA for CME teaching, and holds adjunct professor status at Nova University, Southeastern. Since establishing Provider Risk in 1995, Mr. George has served as president and CEO.

April 14, 2013

Property Insurance Expert Witness On Recurring Insurance Litigation Themes Part 4

In Property & Casualty Insurance Procurement & Litigation (Ten Recurring Themes Every Lawyer Should Know) property insurance expert witness David L. Stegall, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPA, of Risk Consulting & Expert Services writes on ten recurring themes that often lead to litigation. Attorneys either dealing in insurance procurement litigation issues or with clients who purchase insurance may want to consider these ten themes:

Theme 4 of 10
All insurance buyers are not created equal. A large business or wealthy individual/family have much different insurance needs than a small to medium-sized business or a low to middle-income individual/family. One size does not fit all and insurance companies are no longer all things to all insurance buyers. Insurance companies have become very specific in their target markets. Insurance should be purchased from an agent experienced in providing coverage for the size and type business or household of the buyer’s size or situation. Agents who do not have the requisite knowledge of the industry and the client should not sell the coverage. The agents cannot be the sole decision-makers on these matters; their legal ability to write a policy does not necessarily mean they are qualified to write it from the buyers’ perspective.

Lesson #4: Your client (the insurance buyer) should make sure the agent is experienced in writing policies of the size and scope of the policy being purchased from them.

Reoccurring Conclusion: Just like poor legal advice, poor understanding of insurance procurement issues can be very expensive for your client!

David Stegall is the Principal Consultant at Risk Consulting & Expert. Mr. Stegall holds a B.A. in Communication from Auburn University and is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, an Associate in Risk Management and an Associate in Reinsurance, all awarded by The Institutes in Malvern. PA. He is also a Director of the Society of Risk Management Consultants.

April 13, 2013

Florida Medical Malpractice Expert Witness Legislation

The Florida Senate passed legislation that would tighten restrictions on expert witnesses in medical malpractice cases. Florida SB 1792 now goes to the state House. The legislation requires expert witnesses in malpractice cases to be experts in the same specialty as the doctors who are defendants. Those opposed say that the change will decrease the number of expert witnesses eligible to testify which could be a hardship for those pursuing malpractice cases.

Read more: SB 1792: Medical Negligence Actions

April 12, 2013

Electrical Expert Witnesses & Stray Voltage

Electrical expert witnesses may consult on issues regarding electrical design evaluation, electrical accidents, and electrical shock. At http://www.intelligentutility.com/, electrical engineer Donald R. Johnson writes: “Stray voltage is a much more common occurrence than the general public realizes." Mr. Johnson specializes in evaluating stray voltage as well as high and low voltage electrical contacts.

Wikipedia describes stray voltage as "the occurrence of electrical potential between two objects that ideally should not have any voltage difference between them."

April 11, 2013

Mechanical Engineering Expert Witness & Discovery Deadline

Mechanical engineering expert witnesses may opine on issues regarding applied mechanics, mechanical failures, mechanical systems, and associated matters. This week, Garfield County Oklahoma District Court Judge Dennis Hladik ruled that the discovery deadline will not be extended to include expert witness George Wandling in the negligence case against Zaloudek Grain Co. Plaintiffs include the families of young men who lost their legs while working at a company grain elevator. Dr. Wandling, P.E., C.F.E.I., President of Wandling Engineering, is an expert on the design of the grain facilities.

Complicating matters, insurance company CompSource refused to cover the accident. Zaloudek's worker compensation policy was cancelled when the company did not provide information for an audit in a timely way.

Read more: http://enidnews.com/

April 10, 2013

White Collar Crime Expert Witnesses & KPMG Investigation

White collar crime expert witnesses may give opinions regarding business crimes, insider trading, and fraud. Reuters reports that KPMG has resigned as auditor of Herbalife Ltd. and Skechers USA Inc. with an FBI insider trading investigation underway. Los Angeles KPMG senior partner Scott London admitted to the leaks and has left the firm.

April 9, 2013

Fuels Expert Witnesses & Shale Gas Drilling

Fuels expert witnesses may consult regarding fuel systems, petroleum, crude oil, fracking, and natural gas. In the news, The Center for Sustainable Shale Development has created environmental standards for shale drilling in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Formed by energy companies, two foundations, and five state and national environmental groups, the Center was formed last month to develop standards for drilling and production of shale gas. Their mission is to “develop and implement drilling and production standards for shale gas that are environmentally safe and can be certified by an independent third party.”

http://abcnews.go.com reports on reactions from environmental groups and drillers.

April 8, 2013

Computer Crime Cases & Computer Security Expert Witnesses

Computer security expert witnesses may consult on network security, computer forensics, computer crime, data security, and related matters. In Testifying as an expert witness in computer crimes cases, Deb Shinder writes:

IT professionals who are recognized as experts in their fields have the opportunity to help convict criminals in computer crimes cases or see justice done in civil litigation cases that involve technology, and make some extra income at the same time, by serving as expert witnesses for the prosecution, defense or one of the parties to a lawsuit. However, preparation, qualification and testimony in a court case are serious undertakings that involve a great deal of work, and you need to know what you’re getting into and what to expect before you take on the challenge.

Debra Littlejohn Shinder, MCSE, MVP is a technology consultant, trainer, and writer who has authored a number of books on computer operating systems, networking, and security. Read more: techrepublic.com.

April 7, 2013

Oil & Gas Expert Witnesses

Oil and gas expert witnesses may provide reports and opine regarding pipelines, pipeline ruptures, oil and gas pumps, and more. In the news, Exxon Mobil will pay for the cleanup near Little Rock, Arkansas after a pipeline burst last week resulting in 22 homes being evacuated. The federal Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration will examine the site before operations may resume on the pipeline carrying crude oil from Patoka, IL, to Nederland, TX. The pipeline was built between 1947 and 1948. Arkansas AG Dustin McDaniel is investigating having the Pegasus pipeline moved outside the area that drains into a drinking water source.

See ABC video: http://abcnews.go.com/US/exxon-mobil-pay-arkansas-oil-spill/story?id=18873237#.UWB2F8VXqVo

April 6, 2013

Criminal Law Expert Witnesses

Criminal law experts may consult on criminal law procedure, the criminal justice process, and grand juries, as well as related issues. PRWeb reports that American University Professor Jon Gould has completed a three year empirical study on predicting wrongful convictions. Dr. Gould is Director of the Washington Institute for Public and International Affairs Research as well as Principal Investigator, Preventing Wrongful Convictions Project Affiliate Professor, Washington College of Law. The study identifies ten factors in wrong convictions.

Read more: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/3/prweb10513834.htm.

April 5, 2013

Cameron International Released From Deepwater Horizon Trial

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier released Cameron International Corporation as a defendant in the first phase of the trial to identify responsibility in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. Cameron produced the blowout preventer used on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and Judge Barbier found no negligence on their part. Cameron is a global provider of pressure control, processing, flow control and compression systems for the oil and gas industries.

Remaining defendants in the case include British Petroleum PLC, rig owner Transocean Ltd., and cement contractor Halliburton.

Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/

April 4, 2013

Police Procedures Expert Witness On New York Stop & Frisk Program

Columbia Professor of Law Jeffrey Fagan testified in the trial against the New York City Police Department's "stop and frisk" program. The police procedures expert witness represented plaintiffs who say they were illegally stopped and frisked. Ny1.com reports Fagan testified that the "stop and frisk" practice was based on race which the NY Police Department denies.

April 3, 2013

Legal Fees Expert Witness On Reasonable Attorney Fees

In W.D. Penn. Court reduces “Petition for Reasonable Attorneys Fees,” legal fees expert witness James King writes:

W.D. Penn. Court reduces “Petition for Reasonable Attorneys Fees” to make requested hourly rates consistent with prevailing market rates for routine discovery disputes, rather than “overall trial victories.”

In Sandvik Intellectual Prop. AB v. Kennametal Inc., 02:10-CV-000654, 2013 WL 141193 (W.D. Pa. Jan. 11, 2013), the prevailing party in a discovery suit sought reimbursement for 264.20 hours which resulted in counsel fees of $98,384.01 for time expended by its attorneys as a direct result of Sandvik's lengthy pattern of discovery delay, obfuscation, and misconduct. The District Court granted the petition for fees, but reduced it by 20% on the basis that the fee request cited prevailing market rates for attorneys performing “trial” litigation work as opposed to “discovery” litigation work. In support of its fee request, the Pittsburgh law firm Kilpatrick Townsend submitted to the court the published rates of Pittsburgh firms Reed Smith and K & L Gates. The Court reached its result as follows:

While the Court is fully cognizant of the vast experience and expertise of the Kilpatrick Townsend firm in the area of intellectual property, the Court cannot justify the rates advanced by Kilpatrick Townsend for this discovery dispute irrespective of its comparison to the published rates of Reed Smith and K & L Gates. Therefore, the Court will reduce the hourly rates sought by Kennametal across the board by twenty percent (20%), which the Court finds to be reasonable and fair and much more in line within the general billing rates of the Pittsburgh legal community for a discovery dispute.

Sandvik Intellectual Prop. AB v. Kennametal Inc., supra, at *6.


Read more: http://www.kinglawfirmcorporation.com/blog/

April 2, 2013

Insurance Expert Witness On Recurring Insurance Litigation Themes Part 3

In Property & Casualty Insurance Procurement & Litigation (Ten Recurring Themes Every Lawyer Should Know) insurance expert witness David L. Stegall, CPCU, ARM, ARe, RPA, of Risk Consulting & Expert Services writes on ten recurring themes that often lead to litigation. Attorneys either dealing in insurance procurement litigation issues or with clients who purchase insurance may want to consider these ten themes:

Theme 3 of 10
There needs to be a clear understanding of the coverage purchased. Agents, brokers and underwriters are often cautioned not to answer questions about coverages in writing by their superiors and their professional (Errors & Omissions) liability insurance companies. The fear is that the agent will somehow, inadvertently, change the meaning of the insurance policy and/or later be accused of practicing law without a license. There is nothing improper when a purveyor of insurance states their understanding of how a policy would be interpreted in a claims scenario; in fact, it is completely proper and demonstrates a greater degree of care.

In addition, the customer will (hopefully) learn that they have purchased what they thought they have purchased. Agents, brokers and underwriters sell thousands of contracts of insurance everyday. Are they really not supposed to know how they would be interpreted in a claims situation? If the agent or broker will not do it, then ask the underwriter to explain. Refusal to do so should arouse suspicion and other agents or brokers need to be contacted.

Lesson #3: Your client (the Insurance buyer) can and should ask questions in writing and get answers in writing.

Reccurring Conclusion: Just like poor legal advice, poor understanding of insurance procurement issues can be very expensive for your client!


David Stegall is the Principal Consultant at Risk Consulting & Expert. Mr. Stegall holds a B.A. in Communication from Auburn University and is a Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter, an Associate in Risk Management and an Associate in Reinsurance, all awarded by The Institutes in Malvern. PA. He is also a Director of the Society of Risk Management Consultants.

April 1, 2013

Medical Chronologies In Medical Malpractice Part 1

In a struggling economy, injury attorneys working on contingency can lower their risk with potential cases in multiple ways; medical chronologies and an initial opinion of case merit are key components in lowering the upfront risk in a medical malpractice case. Mednick Associates, a 20 year veteran of the industry, outlines tactics that can be employed with almost any case.

The current economic effects of running a law firm are increased when working on a contingent basis. Overhead, employee costs and marketing expenses do not slow down when your case load does. Below are three tactics to use when determining the chances a case will have a favorable outcome.

1) Medical Chronologies: Obtaining medical records is always time consuming, but the real bottleneck is in how they arrive. Complex cases with multiple hospital stays, long treatment periods and numerous operations present medical records from varied institutions and with mounds of information to dissect. Having a chronology done for complex cases, saves the attorney, and their staff, time and allows a medical professional to produce a product that can be used throughout the litigation process. Critical facts, if organized, may change ones outlook on a case at the outset, after a summary of the facts are reviewed.

Read more: http://www.virtual-strategy.com/2013/03/05/3-ways-fee-contingent-medical-malpractice-litigators-can-limit-their-exposure-risk-down-e#ixzz2PFUH8lZx