How can the Radiologist Expert help me with a case?
A Radiological Expert Witness must be believable. He must instill confidence and be credible. His opinions must be well explained and understood. He must be able to collaborate not only with other physicians and attorneys, but he must be comfortable with public speaking.
Communicative skills are paramount for an expert witness. There will be no room for arrogance or egos. The expert must demonstrate the imaging findings together with their pertinence to the case merit.
The Radiologist must confine his review to image interpretation. He is not the Internist or the Orthopedic Surgeon and most importantly, he is not the attorney. His reporting is based on the experience acquired over decades as a doctor. He is not a teacher in this setting but an informer of findings and Standards of Care.
The Standard of Care should be expressed on very understandable terms. A departure from the Standards can only be noted when the Radiologist has deviated from the guidelines of his professional responsibilities based on the information that he had at his disposal at the time he offered his professional judgment. It should not be a retrospective analysis of the findings with a bias to manipulate the attorney or jury.
The overriding concern for the Expert Witness in Radiology should always be as just as it would be if he were the Consulting Radiologist for the ongoing care of the patient.
Dr. Daniel Cousin
304 Indian Trace #884
Weston, FL 33326
Mobile: 646 303 3125