Four Reasons Why The Location Of A Medical Expert Witness Is Becoming Less Important

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The bias in favor of local medical expert witnesses is slowly eroding as attorneys leverage technology and consulting firms, like Mednick Associates, to manage their experts, nationwide.

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In the age of mobile phones, facebook, skype and instant information, where a medical expert lives is less important than what they can contribute to your case.

The physical location of a medical expert witness, while in no way related to the competency of the witness, has always been a concern of attorneys litigating medical, health, toxic tort or injury cases. Conventional wisdom says the closer the expert is to the venue of a trial, the higher credibility they will have with a jury. Proximity, like it or not, tends to breed confidence and eliminates the question on why an attorney had to “go to the other side of the country” to prove his/her case.

However, as the world has grown smaller so has the potential stigma of an out of state or out of region medical expert witness. There are four specific reasons for this, which will only grow in importance in the future.

1)    Communication: Medical Experts can be reached in ways that as recently as 10 years ago, were unthinkable. Mednick Associates, works with many clients on setting up video conferencing for deposition and trial preparation and, in some instances, for the actual testimony.

2)    Specialties: Many medical cases are complex in nature and require an expert who has a deep and specific knowledge of a certain treatment, surgery or procedure. As medicine continues to get more specialized, attorneys are forced to branch out and seek opinions from experts in different locations.

3)    Mobility: Physicians move, a lot. In order to advance in their career, like most industries, they need to move to the best jobs in the best institutions. Mednick Associates continuously updates their medical expert listings and keeps track of the changes associated with job changes. Their clients rely on this, and if an expert moves, they are likely to ask for their opinion again, regardless of location.

4)    The world is smaller: In the age of mobile phones, facebook, skype and instant information, where a medical expert lives is less important than what they can contribute to your case. As we get more and more connected, the ease associated with communicating efficiently with experts is slowly overcoming many of the past regional biases.

Having a local expert is most likely never a risky move for an attorney. But, a competent, highly educated and top tier medical expert from any region or state, can serve an attorney and increase their chance of success. Mednick Associates recommends numerous medical experts to their clients and focuses more on competence, specialty and credentials over regional issues. They have found, over the 20 years in the medical expert consulting industry, that while regional issues should be considered, the best experts are the ones who know the facts, present them well to a jury and have the credentials to back up their claims.

Mednick Associates is a industry leading medical expert witness and legal nurse consulting firm. For over 20 years, their nationwide client base has trusted their 2,000 plus expert network to provide objective opinions and accurate testimony. The company employs legal nurse consultants who are always available to screen cases and provide case reviews. Mednick Associates can assist with all health or medical related cases, as they have made a commitment to focusing exclusively on medical experts and legal nurse consulting. For more information, Mednick Associates can be reached at 203.966.3000 or online at http://www.mednickassociates.com.

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