When a case becomes litigated, it may end up going to court and require an expert witness to testify. With regards to cases involving plastic surgery, a plastic surgery expert witness may be required. However, regardless of whether you are an attorney or patient, it’s important to choose the right plastic surgery expert witness. Here are three questions to consider when making your selection:
Will the plastic surgery expert witness stand up to cross examination?
In addition to your own attorney calling upon the plastic surgeon as a witness, the opposing side is also likely to cross examine the witness. Therefore, it is important that the doctor is able to stand up to a strong cross examination. Does the doctor have experience being testified? Does he/she have recognized qualifications? Does he/she have any malpractice lawsuits against them? These are all areas which the opposing attorney may try to target, so be sure to pick a plastic surgery expert witness who has experience, is well qualified, and does not have any malpractice suits against him/her.
Does the plastic surgery expert witness have experience with this type of injury?
It may seem like an obvious question, but it’s an important one. If the patient is the victim of an electrical burn, then you need to choose a plastic surgeon who has experience with this type of injury. Choosing a surgeon who only has purely cosmetic experience – and no experience with work related injuries – will decrease his/her credibility in the courtroom. Therefore, for workers’ compensation cases, it is recommended that you choose a workers’ compensation plastic surgeon who has experience with such cases.
Is the doctor’s office well-organized?
Even if you find the best plastic surgeon expert witness in the world, if his/her office is not well-organized, then it can really slow down your case. Perhaps you also need an Independent Medical Evaluation, yet the doctor still hasn’t returned this to you and it 3 weeks has already passed. Or perhaps he/she is simply hard to reach and schedule the testimony. In a complicated, litigated case, there are many moving parts, so it’s important to find a doctor whose office makes it an easy and pain-free process.
If you are looking for a plastic surgery expert witness, you may want to consider Thomas Zaydon, M.D. who meets all three of the conditions listed above.
About Dr. Zaydon – plastic surgery expert witness in Miami
Dr. Zaydon serves as an expert witness on liability cases around the country. He has reviewed many cases and has served as an expert witness for both the plaintiff and defense. He is sought as an expert witness in these cases because of his experience and fairness. Many of these cases involve breast augmentation and breast reduction, as well as facial plastic surgery, facelift, liposuction, abdominoplasty, eyelid surgery, and body contouring. Dr. Zaydon is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.