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Home Study Course Teaches Health Care Professionals How to be Effective Experts & Defendants in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Date:5/1/2009

Health care professionals in every specialty can earn additional income by testifying as medical experts in medical malpractice lawsuits, but they must learn how to be effective in the courtroom first. A new home study course developed by board-certified physician and medical expert allows them to learn what they need to know on their own timelines and from the comfort of their own homes or offices rather than attending expensive, and time consuming medical expert workshops. A valuable resource for defendants in medical malpractice lawsuits too.

Austin, TX (PRWEB) May 1, 2009 -- An estimated 25% of all practicing physicians are sued annually for malpractice (When Good Doctors Get Sued, 2001). Nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals are also at risk for such lawsuits. In every medical malpractice litigation, medical records are reviewed and medical experts testify for both the defendant (the medical professional) and the plaintiff (the patient). A qualified medical expert is reimbursed on average at between $250 and $600/hour for their involvement in a medical malpractice case.

Health care professionals in every specialty can become medical experts, but they must learn how to be effective in the courtroom first. In the past they would have had to attend expensive and time-consuming medical expert workshops to gain that knowledge. Now however, they can obtain it on their own timelines and from the comfort of their own homes or offices by purchasing Medical Malpractice Expert Witnessing: Introductory Guide for Physicians and Medical Professionals (Potomac Press, ISBN-10: 1420058959, 592 pages) at http://www.medmalbook.com. They can purchase the entire volume in hardcover or as a download or they can purchase individual chapters of the book. The chapters will be downloaded to the purchaser's e-mail address. Coaching by the author comes with the cost of purchase. (This Summer, healthcare professionals will be able to deepen their understanding of being a medical expert with the publication of Medical Expert Testimony: Advanced Syllabus for Health Care Professionals. The complete book as well as individual chapters will also be available at http://www.medmalbook.)

Medical Malpractice Expert Witnessing discusses among many other subjects:

  • The kinds of questions medical experts can expect the plaintiff's attorney to ask them during a trial
  • What to say and not say when providing testimony
  • How to maintain a powerful presence on the witness stand
  • How to respond to embarrassing questions from the plaintiff's attorney
  • How to use legal theories and medical analogies to strengthen testimony
  • How to manage attorney abuse
  • How medical experts should bill for their time
  • The kind of contract they should get from the retaining attorney
  • The dos and don'ts of advertising
The book also features numerous time-saving forms and templates as well as sample agreements.

A reviewer for the Journal of the American Medical Association praised Medical Malpractice Expert Witnessing as "A reference work (with) astute advice and helpful recommendations, artfully detailed". The editor-at-large for the Journal of Nurse Consulting called it "An invaluable primer for the beginner, a guide for the experienced and also a reference book…for both health care providers and attorney alike."

Medical Malpractice Expert Witnessing is written by Perry Hookman, MD, FACP, FACG, who is board certified in both gastroenterology and internal medicine and has over 30 years of experience in those fields of medicine. He was retained and continues to serve as an expert medical witness by the Office of Medicare Hearings & Appeals of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Hookman is also the author or co-author of more than 50 peer-reviewed articles on topics related to internal medicine and gastroenterology and has served on the editorial boards of such publications as the Journal of American Association for Hospital Medical Foundation, Montgomery Medicine, (the Journal of the Montgomery County Medical Society), and Maryland Medical Journal. He has also served as a peer reviewer for The Annals of Internal Medicine, The American Journal of Gastroenterology, and Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Journal.

Dr. Hookman has a clinical practice and participates on the faculty of a medical school and teaching hospital. He is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his leadership, excellence and service as a clinician.

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