A plastic surgery expert witness is someone who provides expert testimony or an opinion. It is most commonly requested in litigated cases or in cases where there is a disagreement in a case involving an injury which has required – or may require – plastic surgery.
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.
When choosing a plastic surgery expert witness there are many plastic surgeons to choose from, so how do you decide which plastic surgeon to choose? There are several objective indicators which can help you with your decision:
1. Medical Qualifications
Relevant medical qualifications are a good indicator that the doctor’s opinion is more likely to be accurate. Most attorneys and courts of law agree with this approach, which is why a doctor’s qualifications are often cited (or questioned) during a case. So before choosing, be sure to ask questions such as “is the doctor Board Certified?” and “is the doctor Fellowship Trained?”
It’s important that plastic surgery expert witnesses have experience in two areas. Firstly, in their medical specialty. In addition to having certifications, having many years of experience performing plastic surgery, writing Independent Medical Evaluations, and reviewing cases are all things which help to make a good expert witness. Secondly, experience of being a plastic surgery expert witness also greatly helps. It stands to reason – the more you do something, the better you get at it. The same applies to being a plastic surgery witness. Plastic surgeons who have served as an expert witness many times – over many years – because more adept to fulfilling their role in an objective and effective manner.
3. Knowledge and use of a code of ethics for plastic surgery expert witnesses
In 2010 attorney Robert Ambrogi put together a code of ethics which aims to provide a guide for expert witness and how they should behave in an ethical way. This code of ethics is effectively a set of criteria which allows plastic surgery expert witnesses to consistently perform their duties in an ethical and moral way.
Dr. Zaydon is a cosmetic and plastic reconstructive surgeon, who has been practicing in Miami, Florida for the past 25 years. He is Board Certified with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He is an active member of the Aesthetic Society of Plastic & Reconstructive surgeons. He is a Diplomate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. He is an active member in the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons and serves on their advisory board.
Dr. Zaydon’s credentials include:
Dr. Zaydon holds medical licenses in the states of Florida and Louisiana.
Dr. Zaydon is Chief of Plastic Surgery at Mercy Hospital, Miami, FL. He is the former President of the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Miami Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is a past Vice-Chairman at Miami Heart Institute, Miami, FL and Former Associate Chairman at St. Francis Hospital, Miami, FL.
He presently serves on various committees at Baptist Hospital and its affiliates. He is a voluntary instructor at the University of Miami School of Medicine and former Clinical Instructor at Louisiana State University.
Dr. Zaydon would be pleased to assist your office in performing evaluations, preparing reports and serving as an expert witness regarding medical issues related to legal cases. He evaluates cases for both plaintiff and defense cases.
He has a reputation of being an ethical, competent, prepared, and analytical expert witness, as well as being highly articulate and persuasive at both depositions and court appearances.
Dr. Zaydon has special interest and expertise in the following areas:
Injuries (work/accident related):
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