When your health and livelihood are on the line, you need to know that you have the right expert for the job. Here are 5 best practices that you can invoke immediately to ensure that you have the appropriate medical and legal expert speaking on your behalf in court.
Your chosen specialist has an expertise in medical negligence.
There are plenty of people with an expertise in all kinds of medicine. You need someone with a specific expertise in medical negligence to speak. This is the person that the court will take most seriously as well. Remember that your expert may face cross examination. If opposing counsel finds out that the expertise of your expert is outside of the auspices of the case, he can discredit your witness.
Your chosen expert has spoken on the topic before in court.
Anyone who you choose to speak for you in court should have spoken on the same topic in court before. You would not trust yourself to a doctor or a lawyer with no experience, so why would you trust an expert to speak on your behalf who has not spoken on others’ behalf already?
You have someone with the appropriate educational background.
Experts with the appropriate background will impress the court much more than experts with a background in something else. Match these educational credentials as closely as you can with the topic that is being discussed in your case.
You can understand the argument that this person is making on your behalf.
There is no rule that says expert testimony is outside of your wheelhouse. Keep in mind that the court is no medical expert, either. You are relying on your expert to drill down into potentially complex information and make it easy for people to understand. The first person who needs to understand the testimony is you. Do not let anyone speak for you who cannot speak to you first.
Keep the following best practices in mind before you trust anyone to speak to your medical or legal conditions in court. Make sure that you have the best person for the job by vetting them thoroughly first, and you will have the best chance of representing yourself well in court.