January 23, 2020
Urgent care centers first opened in the 1970s. Now, more than 10,000 urgent care centers provide a variety of medical services to consumers in every part of the United States.
As the number of urgent care centers has increased in the U.S., so has the number of medical malpractice lawsuits brought against these facilities. A majority of these claims allege an urgent care center made an incorrect diagnosis or failed to diagnose a serious medical condition.
Unfortunately, errors made in outpatient settings are considered to be as common, if not more prevalent, than errors made in hospital settings. Yet it’s hard to find data on the numbers of these errors.
As a point of reference, it’s important to note that in 2016, medical errors in hospital settings were the 3rd leading cause of death in the US.
The typical long wait and high costs associated with visiting a hospital emergency room have enticed many people to visit urgent care centers for emergency treatment. Unfortunately, urgent care centers do not have access to the same diagnostic or critical care equipment found in hospital emergency rooms, which can lead to serious consequences for the patient. (more…)
October 14, 2019
Credibility is critical to the success of an expert witness. You should be able to rely on your expert for honesty, and a case that is articulately and assertively presented. There are many factors to consider when engaging an expert and to make sure that the opinion you receive is objective and will stand up to cross-examination.
Juries are required to sift through vast amounts of information. The reliance on an expert witness to assist in understanding the facts is crucial and appearance of bias can negate an expert’s testimony with the jury. Saponaro, Inc., employs several safeguards against unreliable and unethical expert witness testimony with the following guidelines:
December 3, 2018
As an attorney with years of experience in the legal industry, you know all about expert witnesses. You know when to hire one for a case. You know the pros and cons. And you know the benefits of having one. But have you perfected the art of establishing a convincing expert opinion?
March 8, 2017
Updated March, 2019
Considering there are more than 7,000 warehouses in the U.S. and over 145,000 people who work in warehouses, it’s amazing there aren’t more warehouse accidents each year.
Here are some interesting warehouse safety facts regarding accidents and safety within the warehouse environment.
January 18, 2017
Updated March 31, 2019
At any point during the day, over 600,000 people are on a cell phone or using an electronic device while driving (NOPUS). If an individual is involved in a car accident while using a cell phone, there is a high probability that he or she will be sued. The reason for this is due to negligence.
Whether you are the plaintiff or the defendant, an expert witness can provide the expertise that is required to scientifically prove who is at fault in a car accident case. (more…)
December 20, 2016
The rate of malpractice incidence is increasing for Physicians Assistants (PA’s) and Nurse Practitioners (NP’s). This has been attributed to the major increase in number of PA and APN providers between 1991 and 2007.
More cases are being filed and higher judgments are being awarded in malpractice cases utilizing nurse practitioner and physician assistant expert witnesses. Statistics from the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) show that judgments and/or settlements increased between 2004 and 2008.
October 27, 2016
Are your expert’s deposition fees being challenged as excessive? If so, it may not be the expert who is driving up your costs but the service that is billing for the expert. (more…)
June 8, 2016
Expert Witness Fees Can Get Expensive
One of the largest expenses for plaintiff and defense attorneys alike is the retention of an expert witness. (more…)
May 3, 2016
Practicing nurses and/or nurse paralegals can serve as expert witnesses in legal cases and can also help attorneys address many aspects of their cases. This service, known as concierge nursing, utilizes practicing nurses and/or nurse practitioners as expert witnesses in legal cases and to guide attorneys through all the aspects of their case, from record review and chronologies; to recommendations for types of medical experts required to pursue a case; to deposition and/or testimony on the nursing standards of care. These assignments are on a case-by-case basis, and the extent of nursing assistance required is determined by the attorney’s particular case needs.
February 26, 2016
A reputable expert witness referral service can be a great asset to attorneys and law firms. As an expert referral service that has been helping trial attorneys since 1974, we have had to demystify common objections to the types of services we provide. Here are 5 misconceptions we have encountered throughout our years.