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Expert Witness Challenges Testamentary Capacity of Will

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When a person has created a will, there are often challenges to the document and terms and conditions held within by family or other dependents. However, an expert may be needed in the event that the plaintiff was left out of the will when the estate owner that has died was not of sound mind in finalizing the clauses and persons to inherit.
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Multiemployer Pension Plans Approach Pre-Crisis Funding Levels

Multiemployer pension plans in the aggregate have a funded ratio of 81 percent as of June 30, 2017, which represents an increase from a 77 percent funding ratio as of December 31, 2016. The improvement reduces the funding deficit by $21 billion.

When Should You Hire a Local Expert Witness?

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Local expert witnesses are necessary based on the claim, the state and the specific location of the legal issue that is being dealt with through a lawyer. Hiring a local expert is essential in certain situations where the requisite experience, trainings, scope and education all revolve around the area where the claim is taking place.

Use of the National Practitioner Databank by Expert Witnesses

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For medical expert witnesses, the National Practitioner Data Bank or NPDB is a great source of information about events, those involved in the issues and malpractice for the healthcare world. Through the databank, these experts are able to coordinate details, problematic events and errors that are made by others.

Structure of an Expert Witness Report

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The report that an expert witness is tasked with creating provides the court with various details, processes and information about the evidence and incident. Through his or her knowledge and expertise, the expert is able to recreate, reconstruct or better understand the activity that lead to the injury and then places this data in the report.

How to Select the Best Accounting Expert Witness

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Expert witnesses with a background of accounting are needed when the issue in the courtroom deals with numbers, financial information and accounts at a company or small business. However, selecting the best professional for the entity is important so that the relationship between client, lawyer and expert are in sync for a more beneficial association.

Hiring Guide on Family Law Expert Witness

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For various issues within or about a family, a lawyer may hire a family law expert witness to assist with explaining numerous complications and problems that are related to a case. The hiring of these professionals should be relevant to the incident, and this could lead to hiring a professionals with a different background than would be expected such as a psychologist or medical professional.

Medical Expert Witness in Delay to Diagnose Cases

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Diagnosing an illness is essential to ensure the right treatment is applied to the patient before the cause of his or her ailment progresses beyond that which medicine is capable. When there is a delay in these diagnoses, the individual could proceed to the last stages of the condition where there is no possible treatment available, and then he or she may die.

Expert Witness Testimony in Defamation Cases

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Defamation complications affect both standard persons and celebrities, and it is difficult to undo the damage simple words or print may cause to these individuals. When a defamation case is complicated and difficult to understand, an expert witness is hired to unravel the mystery and explain the relevant details to the courtroom.

Gender Studies Expert Witness on Sexual Assault and Discrimination Cases

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Sexual assault and sexual discrimination are rampant in the United States due to a lack of understanding of both genders and how these issues affect the targets. The attitudes and belief of what is considered assault and discrimination is severely confused, and this has led to even the most morally outstanding person confused about what these subjects mean.

Expert Witness Explains Liability Related to Inpatient Suicide

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The dangers of inpatient suicide are often observable when the individual has little hope, appears depressed, has symptoms or is too happy. However, it is important to first assess the risk that suicide is possible, and then the professionals attempting to help the patient may avert the disaster before it occurs.

Expert Witness Explains Objective Reasonableness Standard in Police Practices

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Police practices when confronting someone that may have perpetrated a crime should be reasonable and have guidelines to prevent consequences that lead to litigation. However, when law enforcement officers are unable to rein in emotional outbursts, physical violence against others and similar incidents, an expert witness is needed to explain how these standards should affect the scene.

Inconsistent Prior Testimony of Expert Witness: Effect on Case

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When an expert witness is giving testimony, it is important to ensure everything is consistent and well prepared for the case. However, if the testimony is inconsistent when presented initially and then there are changes noticed in the information, it is possible this could harm the case of the plaintiff when he or she is noted as explaining different things.

Expert Witness Testimony on Similarity of Works in Copyright Infringement Claim

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Copyright infringement is a rampant crime in the age where technology rules over these matters, and the issues with copyrighted works being copied and distributed increases each year. However, the need for an expert witness arises when similar works are fashioned from the original that are similar enough to lead to infringement claims against the author.

Medical Expert Witnesses in Death Penalty Cases

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Medical expert witnesses are often hired and used for various cases in prosecution and defense alike, and these professionals are able to explain various pieces of evidence. Through an understanding of the subject matter, these individuals are capable of explaining things to the jury or judge that were confusing or misunderstood previously.

When You Need a Medical Expert Witness

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Medical expert witnesses are hired for a variety of reasons, but their most often used expertise is to explain medical treatment procedures and processes for a case where someone has been injured. Professionals in the medical world provide services to a courtroom by explaining how an injury occurred and why it is so important to obtain compensation.

Florida’s Law in Disqualifying Expert Witnesses in Medical Malpractice Cases

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Before a medical malpractice case may proceed in the courts of law in Florida, the state has a requirement of an opinion being obtained by a qualified medical expert to explain that the claim has merit. If those in the case do not follow the correct procedure, the expert witness could be disqualified, and the case may be thrown out.

Use of Force Expert Witnesses Testify in Police Brutality Cases

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Police brutality cases are often experienced when officers are not trained properly, have been subjected to pressure or abuse in their lives or have certain views such as racism or sexism. When these incidents occur, it is generally important to hire an expert witness that is able to explain why they actions occur and how the victim needs compensation to recover.

Understanding the Five Daubert Factors when Dealing with Expert Witnesses

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Expert witnesses are hired to provide an understanding of various pieces of evidence for a case, but they must have reliable methods and testimony must be relevant to the case materials. However, there are five factors that could lead to a challenge that removes the expert’s testimony reliant upon Daubert standards for these professionals.

Expert Witnesses Testify about Gastric Balloons

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Injuries due to gastric balloons are still being researched due to this newer alternative for weight loss, and because it is still a surgery, internal damage is still likely outcome. When an individual is seeking compensation for incidents with gastric surgery, he or she may require the services of an expert witness that has performed these surgeries or understands the medical procedure.

Expert Witness: Assessing Liability in Horseback Riding Fall Cases

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When someone has fallen from a horse while riding, the incident could have occurred due to improperly maintained equipment, inappropriate training of the animal or through a similar issue. When a claim for the injury arises, an expert witness is often necessary to explain and assess liability so that compensation claims are possible and understood better.

Disqualifying an Expert Witness Due to Bias

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Expert witnesses are hired to provide details, remove confusion or connect certain evidence and persons to the incident where someone has been wronged or injured. However, sometimes these professionals are disqualified because they have bias with the other party, a conflict of interest or a bias with the case itself.

Possible Actions for Expert Witnesses on Equifax Data Breach

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The Equifax data breach caused several million individuals complications when private information was released online to various locations with free access. However, with the rise of private and class action lawsuits against the company, experts have been hired en masse to assist with these issues and explain why certain evidence corresponds to actions and behavior.

Expert Witness on Opioid Lawsuits

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Opioid usage, abuse and prescription issues have become such a problem that some persons are addicted and may become injured through use and abuse. Because these drugs are both used in the medical world and through illegal personal purchase, many are harmed when the drugs are not consumed properly.

How to Handle Expert Witness Billing and Retainer Agreements

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Agreements are often difficult to handle without the use of a lawyer or other professional to make the paperwork understandable and easier to comprehend. However, billing and retainer agreements have other terms, conditions and stipulations that may require a greater degree of detail and descriptions for those that are not experts in these matters.

How to Effectively Depose an Economic Expert Witness

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Economic expert witnesses may be relied upon in a variety of cases. They may help determine the amount of damages that an architectural defect caused, how much income a personal injury victim will suffer because of the injury or devise the lost expected business revenue due to a breach of contract, among many other tasks. For one side to effectively depose the opponent’s economic expert, he or she should consider doing the following,:

The Many Ways a Legal Nurse Consultant Can Serve as an Expert Witness

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A legal nurse consultant can help in litigation by serving as an expert witness. In this context, the legal nurse consultant can help analyze and explain information to the jury or trier of fact. Because of their important role, many law firms have a legal nurse consultant on their team. Others may choose to retain the services of a legal nurse consultant on an as-needed basis.

Best Practices to Prepare a Forensic Engineering Expert Report

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Forensic engineering projects often lead to litigation as parties try to avoid being liable for damages when confronted with technical allegations. An engineering expert witness may prepare a forensic engineering expert report after he or she completes an investigation. This report may be shared with interested parties after its completion.

Texas Pension Reform Results in Higher Credit Rating

The State of Texas tackled pension plan reform for many of the Lone Star state’s first responders and municipal workers when Governor Greg Abbott signed H.B. 3158 into law on May 31, 2017. The recently passed legislation provides long-term funding relief for separate municipal pension plans sponsored by both the cities of Dallas and Houston.

Construction Expert Witness Explains How to Reduce Risk at Commercial Properties

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When a construction expert witness is hired for a case, it is to explain various aspects of the building, materials, persons involved and what risks exist with these processes. To utilize a construction expert properly, the lawyer may have him or her detail what may reduce these dangers for the commercial property in question.

Biomechanical Expert Witnesses Used to Support Prosecution in Criminal Cases

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When the prosecution requires the assistance of an expert witness, one is hired that may provide reliable and relevant testimony for the subject matter. A biomechanical expert witness utilizes scientific methods to determine causation in the crime and may explain to the courtroom how this relates to the actions of the defendant.

Expert Witness on Failure to Supervise Principles

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The failure of supervision in upholding certain professional principles is an important aspect that may require more research and management. An expert witness’ testimony may assist the case when these principles are the subject of a license or professional review where the person affected could lose his or her ability to retain his or her career.

Using a Transactional Law Expert Witness to Get Ahead in Litigation

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Transactional law experts may be utilized for litigation through disputes, class actions with securities, intellectual property violations and family law through a variety of documents and interactions between parties. Those with a strong background in the field of disputes and similar matters may be experts in transactional law cases.

Expert Witnesses Used in Police Shooting Cases

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Police shootings could involve innocent bystanders, criminals or those accused of illegal acts, and proving that the injuries sustained were unnecessary could contain complications. Expert witnesses are hired by a lawyer to help with certain pieces of evidence, police procedure and various other interactions the judge or jury is not aware of with law enforcement.

Do Your Expert Witness Reports and Testimony Comply with 2015 Amendments to C.R.C.P. 26 and 37?

The employ of expert witnesses in litigation is typically undertaken to help the decider of fact (judge or jury) decipher an area of specialized knowledge which is key to the case. The expert report serves the primary purpose of “educating” deciders of fact on topics not commonly known to the general public.

Biomechanics Expert Witness in Slip and Fall Cases

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A biomechanics expert may be needed when there is a slip and fall case to determine various factors related to the body, anatomy and how the human body has been harmed through these incidents. If the accident occurred at work, there are additional elements that may be involved such as negligence or intentional harm.

Construction Expert Witnesses Explain Why Balconies Collapse

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Balcony collapses often lead to severe injuries or death when someone is on the ledge when the accident occurs. With the help of a construction expert witness, it may be possible to discover why this incident happened and if there is a liable party.

Psychiatric Expert Witness on Capacity Issues

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When making a will, it is important for the estate owner to have a sound mind so that the document has less chances of being challenged on this basis. For these processes, a psychiatric expert witness is necessary to explain how the person was of sound mind before death when drafting the will or last testament.

Using a Forensic Scientist as an Expert Witness

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Forensic science is useful when criminal or civil court cases arise from various complications. With the assistance of a forensic scientist expert witness, it may be possible to determine multiple factors, who is liable for damages and what occurred during the incident.

Using a Journalism Expert Witness in Civil Cases

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Journalism expert witnesses are hired when there are certain complications with the freedom of speech or when more information is needed in a case. These professionals have experience in investigations, due diligence with reporters and geographical systems which may be applied to a claim.

Expert Witness Explains Baby Powder Risks

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Baby powder use harms children and women when inhaled directly or while being topically patted in place. The minute particles lodge inside the lungs and may cause cancer to those that inhale or ingest the dust from this product.

Expert Witness Explains Modern Police Practices in Civil Litigation

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Police practices come under scrutiny when arrests are made. When the activity may require more force than usual, injury occurs or an action goes against what has been perceived as the law, civil litigation may be the end result and an expert witness may be needed to explain these practices to the court.

Expert Witness Explains Defective Brakes and Product Liability Standards

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Defective brakes and other machine malfunctions within vehicles is serious for drivers and passengers. When injury or death is the result of these complications, it is important to hire an expert witness that is able to explain the standards for product liability and why these incidents are important in the courtroom.

Advanced Expert Witness Legal Strategy Techniques

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Hiring an expert witness is necessary for many cases where evidence needs to be explained, to connect the proof gathered to one or the other party and in detailing certain factors of the case to the judge or jury.

401(k) Pension Litigation Draws Wins and Losses

Lawsuits over 401(k) fees have increased since 2016, according to recent news reports. As a result of the claims alleged in these ERISA litigation matters,several retirement industry practices have come under scrutiny and criticism.

Underfunded Police Pensions Strain U.S. Cities

The financial burdens presented by police pension plans are drawing national attention. Municipal retirement funds for police and firefighters have set aside only a median 71 cents for every dollar needed to cover future liabilities, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article titled “Police Pensions Put Cities in Bind.” Nationwide, police pension plans are reportedly underfunded by more than $80 billion.

Strong Thesis Leads to Clear-Cut Opinion in John Steinbeck Estate Trial

Provided by: Kathryn Arnold
Serving as an expert on the John Steinbeck Estate trial (Waverly Scott Kaffaga, as Executor of the Estate of Elaine Anderson Steinbeck, Plaintiff, vs. Thomas Steinbeck, Gail Knight Steinbeck and The Palladin Group, Inc. Case No. 14-CV-08699 TJH FFMx) this past year was both complicated and clear-cut.

Residential v. Commercial Fall Protect - Case Examples

Two serious construction accidents cause serious injury to construction workers. In one case, the worker was wearing a safety harness but was not "tied off", causing serious injury. In another case, the injury was caused because the worker WAS "tied off".

Most Important Qualities of a Human Factors Expert Witness

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A human factors expert witness is someone hired to assist with cases where there is a need to understand the awareness, attention and disruption, learning and recollection, fatigue, and hazard perceptions of one or more individuals. Through this professionals’ insight, it may be possible to understand the motives and reasons for the crimes or injury caused.

Importance of Using a Medical Oncology and Hematology Expert Witness

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When someone has contracted cancer or has a blood disorder, he or she may be victim of a medical malpractice claim. This usually means that an expert in these matters needs to be hired to assist with evidence, medical procedures, processes and treatment as well as to assist in understanding how the injuries or further healthcare issues may have occurred.


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