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Insurance Expert Witness on Litigation and Selection of Experts

Andrew J. Barile, CPCU, CEO, of Andrew Barile Consulting Corporation, Inc., has over 40 years of experience in the Property Casualty Insurance and Reinsurance Industry. He is the co-founder of the first publicly held Bermuda reinsurer and is on the board of both domestic and offshore insurance companies. Mr. Barile has an MBA from Stern’s (NYU) business school, and has won the AngloAmerican Fellowship to study at Lloyd’s of London, with his thesis on the captive insurance company.

In a recent article, he writes,

“The versatile Insurance Industry Expert is being selected by insurance industry litigation law firms throughout the country. Since many cases involve millions of dollars of litigation exposure, it is important to have an experienced insurance industry expert who brings the element of persuasion and accuracy into the mix.

Insurance experts that have been retail insurance brokers, wholesale insurance brokers, excess and surplus lines insurance brokers, managing general agents, reinsurance intermediaries are very helpful in winning cases because they possess practical industry experience…”

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PHARMACEUTICAL PRODUCT LIABILITY

With the onslaught of legal drugs on the market, pharmaceutical product liability cases have become mainstream in the court system.  It boggles the mind how many possible harmful side effects there are for one medication alone.  Just listen to any commercial for depression medicine – and you’d better listen carefully.  They have to speak quickly to get them all in.

If a pharmaceutical company lists all possible harmful effects, does that relieve them from liability?  Do a certain number of people have to die or have a stroke in order for the drug to be pulled from the market?  Conversely, did the patient do something to exacerbate the problem?  Take too much of the medicine?  Not enough?  Is the pharmacy liable for miscalculating the dosage?

This is when Pharmaceutical, Pharmacology and Toxicology Experts and Consultants come into play.  The variables are so complex and many that a case cannot be thoroughly adjudicated without the scientific and practical experience that these particular Experts hold.  They use their skills to review medical and pharmacy records, evaluate drug delivery standards of care, toxicity, adverse drug events and even FDA regulations.  These Experts and Consultants are retained to determine the period of time a drug was used and a patient’s average compliance or adherence to taking a drug, among so many other things.

The bottom line is that Pharmaceutical, Pharmacology and Toxicology Experts and Consultants are essential to resolving complex medical issues involving pharmaceuticals and drugs.  That they play a major role in helping to regulate the industry, compensate the injured and defend the innocent cannot be denied.

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VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION EXPERT WITNESSES & CONSULTANTS

There is a great need for Vocation Rehabilitation Expert Witnesses and Consultants in the legal field. For many cases in which an individual is injured to the point of disability, a Vocation Rehabilitation Expert can determine that individual’s employability and earning potential.  According to the Encyclopedia of Mental Illnesses, the definition of Vocational Rehabilitation is:

“A set of services offered to an individual with mental or physical disabilities.  These services are designed to enable participants to attain skills, resources, attitudes and expectations needed to compete in the interview process, get a job, and keep a job…”

For example, a Plaintiff whose leg was crushed by a tractor may no longer be able to do manual labor.  If his only option is a desk job and he has no education beyond high school, what are his possible options and how much can he expect to earn?  This question is best answered by the Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant.

Vocational Rehabilitation Experts have many specialized areas of expertise, such as Economics, Life Care Planning and Psychology to name a few.  A background in economics is essential in order to calculate Earning Capacity and Worklife Expectancy.  For those with catastrophic injuries who can no longer care for themselves, a vocational consultant with Life Care Planning skills is necessary to assess the situation and develop a cost-effective plan for the family.  In most cases, the trauma involved with life-changing injuries requires a Psychologist with Vocational expertise to aid with the pain and stress of living a life with disabilities.

Vocational Rehabilitation Experts and Consultants serve the greater good by not only helping to put those who have been injured back to work but by guiding them through hardships no one should have to suffer.

Please click the link for a list of highly knowledgeable Vocational Rehabilitation Experts and Consultants.

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CREDIT DAMAGE EXPERT WITNESSES – COMPENSABLE DAMAGES

It used to be that credit damage was not a compensable injury.  The victims of identity theft or fraud could not recover financially for any damage that was not a tangible good or service.  Thanks to the relatively new procedure of Credit Damage Measurement (CDM) and the expertise of many Credit Damage Experts, getting compensated for intangible losses is now possible.

In an article titled, “Credit Damage: Getting Compensated for Your Loss,” Credit Damage Expert, Georg Finder writes that, “ The impact of a bad credit rating is much more significant than most people think. Consider what poorly rated consumers face when they want to lease or buy vehicles, obtain credit cards, buy or lease or refinance their residence. In most cases, it’s an easy decision for the creditor: the credit application is simply turned down or the borrower is charged a much higher down payment – maybe thousands of dollars more with monthly payments that are typically several hundred dollars more.”

Tom Key, a civil litigator practicing in Tustin, CA is also mentioned in Finder’s article.  He explains that the CDM can help by measuring the actual out-of-pocket dollars reasonably expected from loss of creditworthiness, which includes higher down payments, higher points and costs on loans, higher interest rates, higher monthly payments, or outright denial of credit.  In addition, Keys says that the CDM method also calculates the rates, costs and other terms applicable to the resulting credit rating by lenders and projects the results over the relevant number of years for the types of loans the client is likely to seek.

For those who have suffered from identity theft or fraud that has left them with little or no credit, all is not lost.  With the help of a good Credit Damage Expert, civil litigator and the CDM procedure, recovery is not only possible, but likely.

Read Experts.com Member, Georg Finder’s, complete article.

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Expert Witness Directory vs. Expert Witness Broker – Where’s the Value?

There is no doubt that the Expert Witness Broker Model is lucrative.  For the longest time, it was the fallback model for the rolodex and word of mouth referrals.  Indeed, the impetus for starting Experts.com was the lack of an alternative to this fallback model.  The founder of Experts.com, Nabil E. Zumout, Esq., started the company out of sheer frustration with a broker that his firm relied on for years.  It was the broker’s inability to find a specific Mortgage Practices Expert and failure to communicate promptly that drove Mr. Zumout to search other sources, including the Internet.  What he found was immediate, direct contact with highly knowledgeable experts.

In this day and age, it is difficult to imagine a world without the Internet.  Fifteen years ago, however, the information available on the Internet was scattered and accessibility was limited.  As Information became more accessible, the need to have someone broker access to it diminished drastically.  Given that Experts can publish their expertise on the Internet and make it accessible to those who seek it, the more relevant question is whether the Broker Model provides an added value for attorneys that Directories do not?  If so, what is that added value truly worth?

The answer, in most cases, is no they do not.  Any value added early on in the engagement and selection process does not merit the 30% mark-up in fees that is tacked on to every hour billed after the selection and engagement of the expert is completed.  How can you justify a $30,000 commission on $100,000 in Expert Witness fees, especially if you could have found the same Expert for free?

The reason that the Broker Model continues to be successful is that attorneys are slow to change and have not yet been educated as to the benefits of the Directory. It is our job to make them aware, but it is becoming much easier with the new generation of computer-savvy, financially-conscious, Internet-connected generation of attorneys and paralegals in the market.

Many Expert Witnesses and Consultants can be found in both venues.  When a lawyer knows he can find the same highly-experienced Expert in a Directory as with a Broker, why would he ever pay for the Broker’s services?  We cannot speak for all Directories, but at Experts.com, when asked to search for an Expert, we, like Brokers, screen Profiles and CVs.  But, as with Brokers, this is cursory and it always falls to the attorney to do his due diligence in qualifying an Expert.  Anything less would be malpractice.  Again, what is the value the Broker offers that the Directory does not?

From the Expert’s perspective, joining a Broker seems like a no-brainer.  For no charge to the Expert, the Broker will gladly add his CV to its bank of CVs on file.  When the Broker receives a request from an attorney, he can select a few for the case even though many may qualify.  Regardless of the criteria the Broker uses to select the Experts, the Experts are not involved in the selection process.  The Broker model does not allow all of the qualified Experts to put their best foot forward for each case, negotiate their own fees or even have contact with the attorney until the investigation stage.  The true cost for the Expert is lack of control when it is most important.

These are troubled economic times and it simply does not make sense to pay for something that can be had for free. What we offer attorneys at Experts.com is an efficient, effective and economical way to locate Expert Witnesses and Consultants. What we offer Experts is an efficient, effective and economical way to market and broker their own expertise.