Mednick Associates Reveals Oncologist Search Process: Understanding the Clinical Variations of Oncology Medical Expert Witnesses by Answering 3 Questions

Wilton, CT (PRWEB) June 30, 2014

Legal cases involving oncology matters are bound to be emotionally straining for both the plaintiff and defendant. Since most people know someone who has battled with cancer, professional opinions on oncology cases can easily stray from objective to subjective. As a trial attorney, understanding the nature of the case and identifying the correct expert becomes challenging for this reason.

Mednick Associates, a leading nationwide medical expert witness and legal nurse consulting firm, works with and locates numerous oncologists who are able to provide objective opinions on legal cases in a wide array of oncology specialties. Questions asked during their search and screening process are outlined below:

1.)    Medical or Surgical?

Many oncology cases require a medical and surgical oncologist to review and opine. The difference lies in the specialty. A medical oncologist will opine on the nature of the cancer and the diagnosis, while the surgical oncologist will focus on the surgery related to the cancer. At times, they may disagree, which is why Mednick Associates makes sure to screen the case through both experts in order to present a consolidated opinion to their client.

2.)    What type of oncologist is needed for the case?

Many cancers present in specific parts of the anatomy, and numerous physicians can opine on such diagnoses. However, some diagnoses, like liver cancer, may present as the cancer spreads throughout the body. Knowing the source of the cancer is important. An oncologist who specializes in liver cancer may not be the most appropriate expert for a case where cancer originated elsewhere, even though the patient presents with liver cancer. Mednick Associates’ staff of Registered Nurses (RNs) reviews the pertinent medical records, determines the true source of the cancer, and finds the appropriate oncologist to opine. This saves time and money for Mednick clients by avoiding unnecessary case reviews.

3.)    Is a non-oncologist required?

Many times the damages associated with an oncology case stem from issues caused by the cancer, but out of the realm of an oncologist opinion. Sometimes, endocrinologists, general surgeons, or internal medicine experts are required to opine on subsequent care, treatment, or follow-up procedures.

Mednick Associates handles hundreds of oncology cases per year, whether malpractice, tort, or product liability related. With a network of over 90 oncologists and growing, they are able to screen cases quickly, identify the appropriate oncology expert witness and have a case reviewed for a plaintiff or defense attorney. Their experts are physicians first and only devote a small amount of their practice to legal work. This characteristic of their experts allows for a highly credible expert in the courtroom or deposition. To contact them for further information on oncology or other medical expert specialties, please call 203.966.3000 or reach them online at

Questions to Ask Before Hiring an Expert Witness

An expert witness is an individual that is an expert in their particular field and they are called to testify at a trial. There is something about that trial that suggests this individual could be helpful in establishing the guilt or the innocence of the defendant. For instance, a dentist may be called upon to talk about bite patterns or to testify regarding the dental records of a victim. A neurologist could be called to testify about abnormalities in the defendant’s brain that caused them to commit the crime. There are so many types of expert witnesses that could be called to the stand.

But when hiring an expert witness, it is important that the lawyer doing the hiring asks certain questions before telling that person that they can testify. Those questions include:

– They should be asked to clarify their profession, which is the field they are an expert in. They should also be asked to show their credentials if the lawyer is not already familiar with them.

– They should also be asked to clarify how long they have been in their profession. Longevity can help quite a bit. Then again, there are some individuals just leaving college who have fresher knowledge on the field that they are in.

– The potential expert witness should be asked if they have any personal involvement with the case. It is important that they don’t have some sort of relationship with the defendant. If they do, they will not be called to be an expert witness. It is important that they are in an unbiased situation so that they may present an unbiased opinion on the case. They are expected to give their expert opinion and that is it.

– They should be asked if they have received any information on the case before the interview. This is because being given any advanced information can cause bias. That is why jurors tend to be asked if they have any information regarding the case before the interview. That information can cause an opinion that could compromise the case.

– They could be asked if they have participated in cases such as this before. Experience always helps when trying to find someone who will be comfortable enough to give their opinion on the witness stand. They should also be aware of how to give the necessary details when asked.

– They should also be asked if they have an issue being under oath. Some individuals do have an issue with being under oath due to specific beliefs that they may have. Most do not have an issue with it, though.

– There may be questions specific to their specialization that may be asked to ensure that the potential expert witness does know what they are talking about. It is important to have questions ready that prevents them from pretending that they are the expert.

It is very important to ensure that the potential expert witness is someone who can make some sort of impact on the case. Whether they are working behind the scenes as a non-testifying witness or they are a testifying witness, they have to know what they are talking about. They can’t just pretend that they know what they are talking about just because they want to be involved in the case in some way. Sure, they may get some publicity for it, but that is not a reason to get involved with a case. It is important to ensure that the potential expert witness wants to testify because they genuinely want to help the case. They want to offer some insight that will determine the guilt or innocence of the individual at trial.

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New York Personal Injury Lawyer David Perecman Questions Deck Collapse at Miami Sports Bar

New York, NY (PRWEB) June 19, 2013

A crowded outdoor deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill collapsed into Miamis Biscayne Bay, reported The Miami Herald (6.15.13). The accident occurred during a NBA Finals Game in which the Miami Heat were playing. Regardless of whether a crowd of people is vigorously cheering or not, the expectation is that the surface underneath them isn’t going to give way, said New York personal injury lawyer David Perecman.

According to The Miami Herald, approximately 100 patrons of the sports bar had dropped into the shallow water. Of those who fell, 24 people were injured.

Records show that the restaurant was inspected six months ago, reported The Miami Herald. However, the engineer Steven Jawtiz told officials that he did not inspect the deck because waterfront and ancillary are not part of the inspection.

The questions of whether the deck inspection took place, and-or the deck should have been inspected by Jawtiz, will be key to the investigation, said Perecman.

If any injured victims choose to hire a personal injury lawyer to gain compensation, a number of factors will be considered, including whether the deck had a structural defect that the inspector or owner should have known about and worked to correct.

Restaurant and-or bar operators with a deck also need to ensure that the structure does not go over capacity.

Learning from the accident is important to New Yorkers. Many restaurant establishments around the state offer the option of outdoor dining, especially during the summer, said Perecman.

Success in a deck collapse case depends on thorough investigation and trial preparation, effective use of expert witnesses, understanding injuries, as well as other factors.

For more than 30 years, the personal injury attorneys at The Perecman Firm in New York have aggressively helped injured accident victims and-or their families obtain compensation following personal injury accidents in New York. Contact The Perecman Firm at 212-977-7033.

The Miami Herald article cited is Investigation, clean up continue at Shuckers deck collapse.

About David Perecman and The Perecman Firm, PLLC:

For the past 30 years, the New York construction accident, medical malpractice, auto accident, personal injury, and civil rights violation lawyers at The Perecman Firm, PLLC have handled all types of New York personal injury cases, including slip and fall accidents. David Perecman, founder of the Firm, has been recognized for his achievements as an Honoree in the National Law Journal’s Hall of Fame, in New York Magazine’s “The Best Lawyers in America” and The New York Times Magazine “New York Super Lawyers, Metro Edition” for the years 2007-2010. The prestigious U.S. News & World Report ranks The Perecman Firm among the top 20 personal injury firms in New York City for 2011-2012 and 2012-2013.

The Firm has recovered millions of dollars for its clients. Among the more recent victories, Mr. Perecman won a $ 15 million verdict** for a construction accident (Index 112370/03) Supreme Court, New York County, a $ 5.35 million dollar verdict*** for an automobile accident (Index 2749/04) Supreme Court, Kings County, and a $ 40 million dollar structured settlement for medical malpractice (Index 2146/03)****Supreme Court, Kings County.

The Perecman Firm serves Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Long Island, Westchester, Upstate NY, Morris County, and Rockland County.

**later settled while on appeal for $ 7.940 million

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