Bioethics Expert Witnesses

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What is a bioethics expert witness?

Bioethics expert witness candidates have years of experience and expertise in a wide array of topics that intersect politics, philosophy, medicine, and health law. Bioethics expert witness candidates may have experience with medical ethics, clinical research, FDA regulatory compliance, or public health and epidemiology. Bioethics expert witnesses may have worked in the areas of animal science, government agencies like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), environmental health and safety, or agriculture. Bioethics expert witnesses will have advanced degrees (MD, PhD) in medicine, biomedical science, pharmaceutical research, or healthcare ethics. Bioethics expert witnesses may be members of professional organizations such as the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH) or the American Society of Law, Medicine, and Ethics (ASLME).

What types of cases require a bioethics expert witness?

Bioethics expert witnesses can provide litigation support for matters involving medical ethics, negligence, malpractice, healthcare insurance and insurance fraud, public health, toxic tort, medication side effects, or environmental health, safety, and toxicology. Bioethics expert witnesses can support litigation on matters related to end-of-life care and decision making, advanced directives, and other issues related to critical care of patients and patient rights. Matters requiring bioethics expert witness services involve intellectual property, such as patent infringement litigation related to products or technology.

What litigation support work might a bioethics expert witness be expected to perform?

Litigation support by a bioethics expert witness could include research and authoring expert reports, independent medical exams (IME), medical records review, providing expert opinions, deposition testimony, and expert testimony at a trial. In a high-profile case, or litigation involving a significant financial stake, a law firm may request an expert with prior expert witness experience. In addition, clients may seek a bioethics expert for pre-litigation consulting work.

Cahn Litigation Services has the experience required to turn a search for a bioethics expert witness around quickly, providing the right balance of expertise and testimony experience.

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Cahn Litigation Services knows Bioethics expert witnesses that are available for litigation support. Because all of our expert witness searches are customized to attorneys' precise specifications and preferences, attorneys are encouraged to discuss search parameters with a Cahn search specialist.