Articles of Interest

Sepsis in the Emergency Department

Sepsis in the Emergency Department   Surviving sepsis through the application of research tested guidelines has become the newest campaign now that we ER docs have refined and protocolized our approach to heart attacks and strokes. However, there are lots of medical malpractice cases still occurring because sepsis gets missed or inadequately treated. In a […]

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Medical Expert Witness – California Lawyer Magazine

“Medical Expert Witness,”  California Lawyer Magazine,  Nov 2009 By: Bruce Wapen, MD, FACEP   What is the benefit of an expert to the legal profession? It is that expert’s ability to explain obscure or technical information and concepts to attorneys, judge, and jury in a way that makes that information understandable. The more jargon that […]

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Filling-out the Form

Filling-out the Form   Filling-out forms is a necessary part of the practice of medicine, and failure to perform this seemingly secretarial task may lead to dire consequences. I was retained as an emergency medicine consultant in a case involving a Type-1 diabetic who preferred to keep himself in “tight control” resulting in his blood […]

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Causation

Causation: Get Medical Expert Witness Advice   Emergency physicians who offer expert witness services are primarily asked to opine about two issues: standard of care and causation. If the standard of care has been met, there is no case; but even if there has been a failure to perform within the standard of care, there […]

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Medical Forensic Standard of Care

Medical Forensic Standard of Care   The standard of care is generally defined as the level of care that a reasonably competent and careful medical practitioner with the same or similar education and training would provide under the same or similar circumstances. In California, jury instructions assert that a medical provider is negligent if he/she […]

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Writing The Forensic Expert Witness Consulting Report

Writing The Forensic Expert Witness Consulting Report   One of the functions of an expert witness is to provide opinions to the retaining attorney that clearly and completely discuss the issues of the case. Those opinions can be written down in the form of a Report, a Declaration or an Affidavit. The purpose of this essay is […]

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