Expert Witness Academy Funded

Expert witnesses are exceedingly important to all sorts of trials, from murder cases to personal injury litigation, but it can be hard for an expert witness to explain their specialty to a jury. The staff and faculty of William Mitchell College of Law understand this difficulty. Since 2011, the school has offered a special workshop for scientists that teaches them to speak to juries in an understandable way. The program has been sustained by a grant from the National Science Foundation, which has awarded the college another grant of almost $550,000 to fund the program for the next three years. “The goal is not to teach scientists to advocate for one side or another or to educate them in the intricacies of various legal processes. It’s to help them become better communicators of science in a variety of forums,” says a professor leading the program. Currently, only climate and atmospheric…
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Expert Witness Key to $13M Mesothelioma Verdict

A unique lawsuit in California provides another example of an expert witness contributing to a case that might not have succeeded otherwise. A Los Angeles jury awarded a woman $13 million after finding Colgate-Palmolive responsible for causing the woman’s mesothelioma with an asbestos-tainted product. The victim’s lawyers argued that Colgate’s Cashmere Bouquet talcum powder, which contained the carcinogenic mineral, caused the fatal illness commonly found in miners, dock workers and construction workers. Testimony from the victim’s physician played a large role in convincing the jury that the product was the cause of illness. The physician is a leading expert on mesothelioma and serves as Director of Thoracic Oncology at UCLA’s Department of Surgery. Even with a scarcity of research linking tainted cosmetics to mesothelioma in women, her doctor explained how the contaminated talcum powder was the most reasonable and likely cause of his patient’s disease. Combined with evidence of asbestos…
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Don’t Let Paying for Case Expenses Restrict the Growth of Your Practice

Work Up Your Case Now. Pay Later. As an attorney, you may feel conflicted about how to prioritize your spending. Investing in your firm is obviously important for keeping your practice thriving, but that big case you’re working on also needs funds for the best chance of success. At FOCUS Case Support Services, we believe that investing in one area should not come at the expense of another. With FOCUS, you can build the best possible case with no cost upfront, giving you the freedom to grow your practice with your remaining budget. How Can FOCUS Help With My Case Expenses? Attorneys typically outsource a number of different functions in building a solid legal case and proving damages: record retrieval, nurse review, medical chronology, court reporting, process serving, etc. FOCUS offers the services to best meet your needs. This means you save time otherwise spent searching for and negotiating with…
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