Welcome

Thank you for visiting. In addition to basic information about myself, this website is an archive of information for plaintiff and defense attorneys in the field of medical malpractice. Here you will find both original essays as well as comments on published articles or studies from the medical literature that I have  distributed as a periodic newsletter only to those attorneys with whom I have worked.

If you are a patient with a question regarding medical malpractice, please contact an attorney.

Background:

I have 40 years  experience as an emergency physician, most of those years as Medical Director of a 50,000 visit per year suburban Emergency Department.  For over 30 of those years I have provided expert witness review and testimony in cases involving alleged medical negligence in the fields of Emergency Medicine, Urgent Care, EMS and general inpatient and outpatient hospital practice. I am board certified in both Emergency Medicine and Family Medicine, I assist both plaintiff and defense attorneys with malpractice litigation. My CV can be found here. References are available from attorneys with whom I have worked.

Services:

  • Medical record review. I have been reading both office and hospital medical records for my entire career and know where to look for evidence in a chart. Based on my experience as both a clinician and expert witness, I candidly point out to both defense and plaintiff attorneys the strengths and weaknesses of a case – in addition to addressing issues regarding the standard of care. This saves attorneys and their clients a great deal of time and money that might be wasted on either the pursuit or defense of a marginal case. My reputation and integrity are my greatest assets, whether an honest appraisal of an unfortunate outcome indicates appropriate or substandard care.
  • Depositions: Should a matter proceed, I am always available for depositions and am familiar with the process in several states.
  • Trial Testimony: While the vast majority of cases settle before trial, I have testified at trial in two states.
  • Client counseling: I am happy to discuss my opinions with the clients of the attorneys with whom I work. I find this particularly helpful when I inform a plaintiff attorney that the care his/her client received does not rise to the level of medical malpractice.
  • Research: Should you need additional references or information, I have access to the full range of medical literature and the assistance of a medical librarian.
  • Communications and timeliness: I respond to requests by phone or email within 24 hours and will report back to you with opinions within 2 weeks, less if the situation requires.
  • Newsletter: I write the Medical Malpractice Bulletin. This free email publication includes a brief essay on an issue of interest to both me and (hopefully) my attorney clients, and an update of news items pertaining to our mutual interests. (I try to highlight principles of malpractice medicine and law rather than individual cases.) It is sent only to those attorneys with whom I have previously worked and to those who ask to be on the mailing list. Since its inception, not a single attorney has asked to be removed from the mailing list.

Fees:

  • An initial telephone consultation is free.
  • Thereafter, I charge a very competitive and reasonable hourly rate with a 1 hour minimum. Contact me for details.
  • I charge the same for record review, depositions and trial testimony, and usually also bill for travel time and expenses.
  • I understand that an attorney’s client is usually the one paying for an expert, and can usually provide a preliminary opinion with under 2 hours of chart review.
  • I  do not require a retainer.

Please contact me directly for further information.