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David Langham
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Marjorie Eskay-Auerbach

may require, accept, or debate the expert’s conclusions. Notably, decision-makers may also lack frequent exposure to scientific issues and analyses, making them reliant to a significant degree on experts to understand the ultimate opinions and the relevance of the expert’s process in reaching his or her conclusions. With that in mind, it is sound advice for the expert witness to ensure both report and testimony remain persuasive in the face of such challenges. It helps to avoid colloquialisms, terms of art, abbreviations, and particularly foreign languages (eg

in AMA Guides® Newsletter
Deborah Rutt
and
Kathyrn Mueller

Physicians who use the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment often serve as medical expert witnesses. In a workers’ compensation case, if a physician appears as an expert witness, it is most often in front of a judge or a hearing officer. In personal injury and other cases, the physician may testify by deposition or in court before a judge with or without a jury. Physicians may also serve as consultants who are retained to provide expertise to a party (most commonly an attorney) in a claim or lawsuit but who remain “behind the scenes” and

in AMA Guides® Newsletter
Christopher R. Brigham

.impairment.com/links.htm . MEDICOLEGAL Expert American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants Nonprofit organization of legal nurse consultants www.aalnc.org American Board of Chiropractic Consultants Professional organization of chiropractic consultants www.aalnc.org eMedicoLegal.com Expert services, including service to locate IME physicians and quick questions www.emedicolegal.com Expert Pages Directory of expert witnesses and consultants who list for a fee www.expertpages.com Expertpages.com (Expert Witnesses) Listing of expert witnesses

in AMA Guides® Newsletter
Christopher R. Brigham

The performance of independent medical evaluations involves knowledge that extends beyond specific clinical domains. The following texts are useful to the evaluating physician. This list focuses on impairment and disability assessment, musculoskeletal and behavioral issues, and expert witness skills. There are certainly other resources that are valuable to the evaluator. If you have a favorite that is not included on this list, please let us know by emailing your recommendation to: question@impairment.com . Impairment and Disability Assessment

in AMA Guides® Newsletter

.emedicolegal.com ErgoWeb Evaluation Exchange www.ergoweb.com/Pub/ewhome.shtml Evaluation Exchange www.evalx.com Expertpages.com (Expert Witnesses) www.expertpages.com Family and Medical Leave Act www.dol.gov/dol/esa/public/regs/statutes/whd/fmla.htm GPO Gate - University of California www.gpo.ucop.edu Grateful Med (National Library of Medicine) www.igm.nlm.nih.gov Health on the Net www.hon.ch Impairment Resources (including these links) www.impairment.com International Association of Industrial Accident Boards and

in AMA Guides® Newsletter
Robert J. Barth
and
Christopher R. Brigham

Introduction “Does head trauma cause a pre-existing benign meningioma to become malignant ” Meningiomas are “slow-growing neoplasms that most likely derive from the meningothelial cells of the arachnoid layer.” 1 This question provides an excellent foundation for exploring the process of causation analysis. The baseless nature of claims of trauma causing cancer had long been highlighted in publications documenting United States (US) Supreme Court rulings from the 1990s regarding expert witness work. A prominent and quotable example is the work of Peter

in AMA Guides® Newsletter

Management is of particular value to all physicians involved in medicolegal work. Chapter 9 explains how to deal with the legal system ethically, responsibly, and professionally. Chapter 10, So, You Want to Be an Expert Witness, focuses on the essential medicolegal vocabulary that must be mastered to achieve success. Physicians who are successful in this field need to have a clear understanding of the unique terminology; therefore, mastery of these terms is mandatory. References are provided at the end of each chapter. A list of recommended reading and websites is not

in AMA Guides® Newsletter
Christopher Brigham
,
Lorne K. Direnfeld
,
Steven Feinberg
,
Les Kertay
, and
James B. Talmage

may be required as the case progresses. The expert should have a general understanding of the legal system, including the nature of discovery and discovery depositions, and be skilled as an expert witness, eg, being truthful and responding directly (and typically briefly) to questions asked. Federal rules of evidence require the expert witness to list all publications authored in the previous 10 years, all other cases during the previous 4 years in which the witness testified as an expert at trial or by deposition, and a statement of the compensation to be paid

in AMA Guides® Newsletter