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 http://www.mednickassociates.com.







Forensic Expert Witness Association to Host Panel Discussion on The Use of Expert Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) June 06, 2014

The Chicago Chapter of the Forensic Expert Witness Association (FEWA) is pleased to announce its summer 2014 educational and networking meeting focusing on the topic of “The Use of Expert Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings” for forensic consultants and members of the legal community. FEWA is a national non-profit professional membership organization of experts who provide forensic services in all technical specialties.

Panelists Diane MacArthur, Assistant U.S. Attorney and Senior Trial Counsel, Northern District of Illinois, Mark Ertler, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Forensic Unit Supervisor and John Marshal Law School Faculty Member, and Lisa Noller, Esq. of Foley & Lardner, Vice-Chair Government Enforcement, Compliance and White Collar Defense Practice, will discuss how attorneys litigating criminal cases choose expert witnesses, what characteristics are important in the expert witness, and how attorneys find experts. The panel will be moderated by Venice Meyer, CPA/CFF, CBFE, Director, Duff & Phelps, Global Forensic Services.

According to FEWA Midwest Program Co-chair Marnie Gucciard, of McGovern & Greene, “Our FEWA Chicago summer meeting traditionally features regional leaders in the legal field. This year we continue this tradition with speakers from the US Department of Justice, the State’s Attorney Office and an international law firm which was founded here in the Midwest.”

The meeting is Thursday, June 26, 2014 from 8:00 – 9:30 am at the Conference Center of Kubasiak, Fylstra, Thorpe & Rotunno in Chicago, IL. To learn more and register visit http://www.forensic.org or call the FEWA National Office at (415) 369-9614.

Speaking will be in a personal capacity. MCLE and CPE credits are pending approval.

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A question for Jehovah’s Witnesses (others welcome) regarding the Watchtower interpretation of John 18:36…?

Question by Carlito: A question for Jehovah’s Witnesses (others welcome) regarding the Watchtower interpretation of John 18:36…?
PLEASE read carefully before responding 🙂

The Watchtower prohibits involvement in this world’s political system for it’s adherents.

It repeatedly employs the above verse to support it’s stance.

Is it not the case that in doing so, the Watchtower has

ignored the context & background to Jesus’ statement, as found in the gospels?

In John 19:12, the Jews say to Pilate, “If you release this man, you are not Caesar’s friend. Everyone who makes himself a king opposes Caesar.” They basically accused Jesus of being an insurrectionist.

Luke 23:2 – “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.”

Mark 15:26 – And the inscription of THE CHARGE against him read, “The King of the Jews.”

John 19:21 – So the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am the King of the Jews.'”

Was it not against this background

– that is, falsely accused under Roman law of sedition –

that Jesus statement, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, MY SERVANTS WOULD HAVE BEEN FIGHTING,”

was made?

Wasn’t Jesus statement a refutation of His accusers claim that He was looking to instigate a rebellion, rather than a prohibition of involvement in earthly politics?

Furthermore, please consider that two of Jehovah’s most renowned servants, Joseph and Daniel, were both involved at the highest level in the governments of Egypt and Babylon, respectively.

Your thoughts, please?

Thanks in advance for all polite and concise responses that address the scriptural references cited. All Bible quotes from ESV. Caps for emphasis.
Christ is the answer –

Good point about Esther.
Steinbeck11 –

Thanks for your time.

Are you completely ruling out the possibility that God could call someone into the political system for the execution of His purposes on earth today?

If so, which scripture categorically supports such a position? Background and context shows that it ISN’T John 18:36.

Thanks again. Caps for emphasis, btw.
everett –

Thanks for your time.

You wrote,

“Joseph and Daniel…were given certain duties within the governments where they were enslaved”

and

“They didn’t seek out a political position.”

The Bible teaches that both Joseph and Daniel’s entrance into the pagan political systems of the day were supernaturally facilitated BY GOD – Genesis 41:1-45, Daniel 2:1-49.

In other words, God called them into the political system and, particularly in Joseph’s case, used him PRIMARILY in regard to the administrative affairs of the land, for the good of PAGAN people (Genesis 41:46-56, esp. vv. 55, 57) as well as any Hebrews.

In fact, subsequent to Joseph’s political appointment, he did not prophesy in the Egyptian court again.

As a side note – on Daniel’s request, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were appointed “..over the affairs of the province of Babylon.” (2:49)

Cont…
Furthermore, everett –

The point of contention is not regarding the obvious imperfection of human political systems

but rather,

IN CONTEXT

whether or not Jesus’ statement in John 18:36 constitutes an explicit (or even implicit) prohibition of Christian entry into politics?

The answer is clearly NO.

Thanks again. All caps for emphasis.
Shell and Bambootiger –

Thanks for your time.

None of what you have written supports the WT position on John 18:36.

Steinbeck11 –

I hear what you are saying re we cannot legislate morality.

Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that we cannot legislate the INTERNAL morality that comes to hearts that receive God’s salvation and kingdom.

I’m no “right-wing fundamentalist,” and I ultimately look to the return of Christ and the establishment BY HIM of His righteous kingdom here on earth.

However, a DEGREE of moral conduct in society CAN be legislated through the political process. Just imagine if abortion was criminalised?

Also, the God-ordained authorities (ultimately headed up by politicians), exist to restrain evil & execute justice (Romans 13:1-7, esp. v.4). Can you imagine how much worse society would be without a police force, imperfect as it is?

Yes, the gospel is paramount, but God is also concerned for societal justice NOW.

Thanks again.
Rolando CI –

Thanks for your time.

Your argumentum ad hominem does little to conceal the weakness of your response, sir.

Your statement,

“people like you…want to find a justification to go and kill your neighbour”

is deeply offensive.

You don’t know me. There is nothing in my question or my additional comments to indicate that I am a murderer, which is essentially what you are saying.

So, on what basis do you judge me? Are you GOD, that you possess supernatural insight into the workings of my heart?

Shame on you 🙁

It’s a typical Watchtower tactic to attack the questioner, when one is unable to provide a substantial Biblical basis to support a position held.

“Politics and wars go hand in hand” betrays your ignorance of the political system, sir.

It was through the political system that Christian William Wilberforce worked for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. If he had been a JW, many would probably still be in chains today.
Rolando CI –

Thanks for your time.

Your argumentum ad hominem does little to conceal the weakness of your response, sir.

Your statement,

“people like you…want to find a justification to go and kill your neighbour”

is deeply offensive.

You don’t know me. There is nothing in my question or my additional comments to indicate that I am a murderer, which is essentially what you are saying.

So, on what basis do you judge me? Are you GOD, that you possess supernatural insight into the workings of my heart?

Shame on you 🙁

It’s a typical Watchtower tactic to attack the questioner, when one is unable to provide a substantial Biblical basis to support a position held.

“Politics and wars go hand in hand” betrays your ignorance of the political system, sir.

It was through the political system that Christian William Wilberforce worked for the abolition of slavery in the British Empire. If he had been a JW, many would probably still be in chains today.
Phantom avatar –

Thanks for your time.

You wrote,

– And your statement “God is also concerned for societal justice NOW” is incorrect. There is no scriptural basis for that kind of thinking –

With all due respect, I beg to differ. Romans 13:1-6 clearly shows that God IS concerned with “societal justice NOW.” It is an indisputable, SCRIPTURAL fact.

I’ll let God’s word speak for itself.

Re your further comment –

My example of William Wilberforce disproves Rolando’s generalization that “Politics and Wars go hand in hand.”

It proves that good CAN be achieved through the political system, by means of the right people.

Thanks again.
Whoopsie –

Thanks for your time.

I’m not here to engage in childish exchanges of insults. I’m a Christian and TRUE Christians consistently display the fruit of the Spirit in their conduct.

The verses from Romans are clear enough. I’m content to let the Bible speak to those who wish to listen.

Thanks again.
Jacquie –

Thanks for your time.

None of those references provide anything like proof that Jesus was prohibiting involvement in politics.

Furthermore, Romans 13:1-6 shows that the “authorities” have been instituted, not by Satan, but by God.

v.6 shows that we pay taxes to “GOD’S public servants,” (NWT, caps emphatic).

Who do we pay taxes to, Jacquie?

The Government?

Which is comprised of…?

Satan may well have a limited amount of power in this world inasmuch as he holds sway over the minds of most of the world’s population (see Ephesians 2:2, 1 John 5:19)

– hence, “the god of this age” –

but ALL authority

“in heaven and on earth”

has been given to Jesus Christ, from His resurrection onward (see Matthew 28:18)

For the outworking of Jehovah’s purposes, Satan is permitted a measure of influence upon the world’s population, but JESUS CHRIST ultimately rules this world.

With all due respect, you are quite mistaken.

Thanks.
PS – Jacquie,

re the three refs which you quoted from John, which all refer to Satan as the “ruler” of this world –

These were all spoken PRIOR to Jesus’ death & resurrection and His subsequent installment as this world’s ruler (see the use of ‘arche’ in Revelation 3:14 – “the RULER of God’s creation”).

Please note that in 12:31, Jesus said that

“now the ruler of this world WILL BE CAST OUT,”

which points toward Satan’s loss of authority over this world, following Jesus death & resurrection.

Thanks again.

Best answer:

Answer by Christ is the Answer you seek™.
Let’s not forget Esther, who by virtue of her marriage to the king, used all the political knowledge and wherewithall to effect political change (the policy vs. Jews).

What about Paul? He used his rights as a Roman citizen to prevent being unlawfully executed.

How about Nehemiah who worked for the king?

Add your own answer in the comments!

Why Oncology Medical Expert Witnesses Present Many Options For Trial Attorneys


New Canaan, CT (PRWEB) November 28, 2012

Legal cases involving oncology issues are bound to be emotional and straining on both the plaintiff and defendant. Since most people know someone who has died or beaten cancer, opinions on oncology cases are far and wide. As a trial attorney, understanding the nature of the case and identifying the correct expert, can be challenging at times.

Mednick Associates, a nationwide leading 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. Below are some screening questions they consider when faced with a case requiring an oncology expert witness.

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?: Many cancers present in specific parts of the anatomy and numerous physicians can opine on such a diagnosis. However, some such as liver cancer, may present as the cancer spreads throughout the body. Knowing the source of the cancer is important, as an oncologist who specializes in liver cancer may not be appropriate even though the patient presents with liver cancer. Mednick Associates, through their staff 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 their 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, in terms of an opinion. Sometimes, endocrinologists, general surgeons, or internal medicine experts are required to opine on subsequent care, treatment or follow on procedures.

Mednick Associates handles hundreds of oncology cases per year, whether malpractice, tort or product liability related. With a network of over 75 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 at deposition. To contact them for further information on oncology or other medical expert specialties, please call 203.966.3000 or reach them online at http://www.mednickassociates.com.