Combining Law and Medicine
I became interested in medicolegal problems when I was a student at Harvard Law School.
William Curran, Professor of Legal Medicine at Harvard and author of Law- Medicine Notes for the New England Journal of Medicine, encouraged me to go on to medical school and pursue a career combining law and medicine.
I took his advice and after finishing law school, got my medical degree from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School and was licensed to practice law and medicine.
Over the past 35 years, I’ve worked on cases in Texas and all over the country. What has always struck me is that no matter how clear-cut the medical science on a case may be, the other side will always find an expert witness to take a contrary position,
More than anything else, my medical education has helped me impeach expert witnesses who give biased testimony that’s contrary to what I find in leading medical journals and texts.
My medical education has also helped me recruit and work with the expert witnesses I need to win a case. Many of my experts have published research or reviews on the medical issues in a case and some have written major textbooks.
The reality is that most catastrophic injury cases turn on what’s known as “a battle of experts.” To succeed, that battle must be won.
Each case requires an intensive effort. For that reason, I only handle a limited number of cases and will usually join forces with an attorney in the case’s jurisdiction. This approach allows me to focus on medical issues and expert witnesses while the other attorney works on other aspects of the litigation.
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