When you work with Godoy Medical Forensics for expert witness services, you have the option of working with a nurse or a physician, or both if your case needs it! We also have a Forensic Toxicologist available to consult and testify.
To see a list of our experts and their fees, click here.
List of Forensic Medical Expert Witness Services
Click each heading for more information and sample reports.
In all of our cases, we start with a review of the records and other discovery, and then we set up a time to speak to the client. For more information, click here.
Many of our cases require a professional expert report, and we pride ourselves on the quality of our work product. We offer Initial Analysis Reports in criminal cases and Merit Screen Reports in Civil case: both are professional expert opinion report that our client can use as a tool while developing their case. We also often write Mitigation Reports, which summarizes the medical history of a patient. More information on the types of reports we offer is here.
Our experts are often asked to testify. We have a reputation of providing unbiased opinions and present well on the stand. For more information about forensic expert witness testimony click here.
Legal Support Services
Our nurses are prepared to assist you during any stage of the case development, including during trial. We offer trial support for immediate access to a medical professional who has an intimate knowledge of the case. Click here for more information.
Our nurses provide direct or cross-examination questions to aide the attorney in eliciting the information from testimony that they need to be successful in their case. More detailed information on this service is available here.
The process of Medical Record Organization includes digitizing and sorting the records into classifications (i.e. Doctor’s Progress Notes, Labs, Radiology) and then placing them into chronological order under each classification. The records will then be bookmarked for quick reference and bate stamped (page numbered) in preparation for a Fact Chronology. In cases with high volumes of records, this is an essential service to save money on costly expert review. Click here for a sample of organized medical records.
The Fact Chronology is a comprehensive analysis performed by a Registered Nurse. The nurse will identify which portions of the records are pertinent to the case and the records are then entered into Lexis-Nexis CaseMap Software. For more information on our fact chronologies, click here.
If we do not have a physician or nurse within our organization that is appropriate to testify on your case, we can help you find the right expert. For more information, click here.
A medical expert witness is a medically trained professional who provides consultation and testimony on legal cases.
The expert assists the attorney in understanding the case facts and whether their case theory is substantiated by the medical records and other documents relevant to the case.
A forensic medical expert witness is a medically trained professional who provides consultation and testimony on criminal cases.
“Forensic” is a term that refers to the use of science in the investigation of a crime.
Review medical records, police reports, photographs, transcripts and other discovery to provide opinions on the medical aspects of criminal cases. Their opinions are typically focused on how traumatic injuries occurred, the severity of the injuries, or how medical conditions affected either the defendant or the victim in the case.
Forensic nurse is more specific as they consult on criminal cases, and they are a nurse. A forensic nurse expert is a type of a medical expert witness.
Legal nurse consultants (LNC’s) may only consult and don’t necessarily testify. LNC’s are also typically associated with civil cases. An “expert witness” infers that the person testifies within their area of expertise.
The educational background and training. The difference iis the same as a nurse or doctor in the healthcare setting.
There are many benefits of working with a nurse instead of a doctor. There is the obvious cost difference, but also nurses may have better jury appeal. Nurses are trained to educate patients about their conditions, so when they testify, they are more experienced in explaining things in layman terms. They also tend to be more humble than doctors.
It depends on the case and is definitely something that needs to be evaluated. Sometimes it is critical to pitch credential against credential (MD against MD). But just because the expert is a doctor doesn’t necessarily mean they are an expert. A nurse that is highly trained in a specific area may have better credibility than the doctor. For example, emergency room physicians, while they see strangulation patients, don’t necessarily have specific training on the pathophysiology of strangulation, the expected findings, the forensic aspects. A nurse that has sought out training on strangulation, and has experience testifying on the subject is going to come across as more knowledgeable and therefore credible than a doctor.
This is based on a few factors: Training and education, clinical experience, and then getting qualified in a court of law. The attorney will present the expert’s qualifications and the judge will rule on whether they are qualified as an expert in specific areas.
As soon as medical records or traumatic injuries are identified as a component of the case theory.
Yes - both. Forensic experts are generally involved in criminal cases.
Most commonly medical experts are used in medical malpractice or personal injury cases. But medical experts can also be involved in workman’s comp, class action, or any other case where there are physical injuries or medical conditions that are an issue in the case. For example, a medical expert could get involved in a family law case if there are allegations of abuse, even if a criminal case is not being investigated.
Any case where there are traumatic injuries or medical records. Some examples are DUI, child abuse, domestic violence, strangulation, assault, homicide, elder abuse, workman’s comp and sexual assault. But sometimes a review of the defendant’s medical records is requested when considering sentencing and placement after trial.