Forensic, General & Medical
Expert Witnesses

Training, Qualifications and Certifications

Expert witnesses may need certification and additional training to keep up with the wants and needs of lawyers that hire these professionals for various cases.

  • Use of the National Practitioner Databank by Expert Witnesses

    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.

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  • Class Certification and Expert Witnesses

    Some expert witnesses will need class certification for class action lawsuits or when using specific and specialized knowledge for various cases that demand certification for the subject matter.

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  • Expert Witness Training and Mentoring

    Experts often go through specialized training to become a witness in the courtroom with credentials that will pass the interview process before the judge and opposing legal counsel. The mentoring and training the professional progresses through generally happens with another expert in the same field who may introduce the person to the legal side.

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  • Potential Problems with Expert Witness Training and Certification Programs

    Expert witnesses may need certification and additional training to keep up with the wants and needs of lawyers that hire these professionals for various cases. However, what is considered qualified to one lawyer does not necessarily follow to the next, and this could lead to problems with what types of certification is needed and which training should be pursued.

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  • Qualification of an Expert Witness under Federal Law

    Expert witnesses hired for cases must pass the qualifications through federal law before testimony is admissible in a court of law. Even though many professionals claim to be an expert witness, they cannot pass the qualifications through a judge as based on the federal mandates, and this could lead to many claims with disqualification of the expert.

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  • Who Can Serve as a Mentor for Expert Witnesses?

    There are certain professionals that may act as a mentor or trainer for an expert witness, and these individuals often help the person through preparing testimony and working through various testing methods to make ready for the courtroom. Some mentors have a place in the claim or case to explain the qualifications of the expert and why he or she uses certain processes.

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