In a medical malpractice case, the expert witness can make all the difference when it comes to winning or losing a case. An expert witness is able to come in a validate if what happened was actually medical malpractice or just a part of routine medical care. An expert witness can be the key to winning over the jury and making your case. That is why the expert deposition is so important.
1. Look Up the Experts Medical Publications
The first thing you need to do is get a list of all the medical publications that the expert you are hiring has authored. An expert's authority is often established through the papers that they have written and offered peer-reviews on. The publications that they published their papers through can also give or take away from an expert's authority.
Do not just get a list of publications. Get copies of the expert's work. You do not want the defense to bring up something within the expert's work that would contradict their position on your case. You want to make sure that their professional writings support your case as well.
2. Find Out Where They Went to Medical School
Second, find out where the expert went to medical school. Find out how that medical school ranked against other medical schools at the time the expert attended the school; this may differ from the school's current ranking.
Find out how the expert did in medical school. Where did they rank in their class? Did they have to take extra time to complete medical school? Did they ever fail any classes and if so, why?
3. Learn About Their Residency
Third, learn about where they did their residency. Just like medical schools, the prestige of different hospitals for residency is ranked as well. Find out what the hospitals rank was when the expert was a resident.
As a resident, medical professionals go through different rotations. Find out what rotations the expert did as a resident. hteir rotations will help show the areas where that resident has hands-on experience in the medical field.
Not all medical professionals win fellowships. Fellowships are prestigious placements that allow a medical professional to study a specific field, generally under a very well-known doctor or within a very well-known program; this is a matter of prestige and ranking and is only awarded to the best doctors.
Make sure that you also learn about what type of Board Certification the expert has earned, as well as what hospitals they have privileges at.
You want to really investigate the medical professional that you will be using as an expert witness. You want them to have a strong background and you want to make sure that they don't have anything in their background that will take away from your case. To learn more about medical malpractice law, contact a law firm like Lee Eadon Isgett Popwell & Owens.
When you sell stock photography, there is always a risk that someone may use your image in a way that you didn't permit in the licensing agreement. When that happens, you need to protect your licensing rights. The best way to do that is to work with a copyright and licensing attorney. I've spent a lot of time researching fair use and licensing restrictions. I hope that the information here helps you to not only understand your rights as the creator but also to learn how to document and enforce those rights and seek legal resolutions when they are violated.