In preparing and researching a case, have you ever felt frustrated by the depth and detail of the technology and medical terminology in medical malpractice or product liability actions?  You may be thinking that if you had wanted to pursue medical or scientific professions that you would have done so!  You may feel that if you were simply presented with a clear overview of the facts of the situation, that you could deal with it, but the case begins at the advanced specialist level and it’s hard to get a handle on it. However, help is available.  No one is expected to possess expertise in every discipline because it simply isn’t reasonable.  Help is readily available; however, and just knowing this, should begin to lower your blood pressure and stress level. 

But is this really the answer to release you from the jargon jungle of medical and scientific terms and publications that you’ve encountered in trying to get a grip on your difficult case?  Let’s start with WHY an expert in world medical/scientific/technical literature might be just your ticket to success in your current case and in future situations.

  1. The world literature expert and medico-science generalist is a doctoral level medical scientist with decades of experience in both basic and medical research and extensive literature research. 
  2. The world literature expert knows journals, as well as you know what is on your own computer desktop.   The true expert has had decades of experience in literature research and knows which search engines and approaches give the best results. It doesn’t matter whether your client is concerned with a Capnocytophaga infection from his dog causing him to become a multiple amputee, or an expensive faulty nanotechnology carbon tube production failure, there is vital information in the medical/scientific literature that is relevant to your case that may make the difference.  In addition, your literature expert is a medical/scientific vocabulary ace. 
  3. Did you know that there are 12,271 peer-reviewed journals that are annually evaluated for their impact factor?  They include such publications as The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature Nanotechnology, the Journal of Pediatric Surgery, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and the Journal of Infectious Diseases, for example.  Whatever the nature of your medical- or technology-based case, there is undoubtedly valuable untapped information about it in the literature. If you don’t know about it, how can it help you win your case?  You may need an expert to turn the tide.
  4. So, what is this thing about “impact factor”?   Impact factor is the number of times articles from a particular journal are cited in a year, and reflects the relative standing of the journal in its field.  The literature research expert, when researching information for an attorney, is sensitive to impact factor, and will first go to the leading journals in the field for data to support a case. In other words, you want expert information from the top-of-the-line journal authors/experts to support your case.  This is the way to get it. Nobody cares what the “Who Cares Journal of Surgery” with an impact factor of 0.0007 says about the topic. Go for the top of the line with a literature expert who knows the literature and which journals rate and which ones don’t.
  5. In addition to knowledge of the medical/technical/scientific literature, you need someone with the knowledge to have actually written and published in this peer-reviewed literary world. Experience is essential for quality literature research.*
  6. When you need an experienced professional colleague in world literature research, this is your winning answer.  You don’t have time to become your own expert in this field, and can place your trust in an expert who has devoted a professional lifetime to publishing in and researching the medical and scientific literature.  Make a literature research professional a part of your team and leverage this decision into a total win for your firm.


*This expert has co-published with a Nobel laureate and has published 60 peer-reviewed medical/scientific papers in journals such as the British Medical Journal, the Journal of Pediatrics, and Vaccine and on topics such as nanotechnology, HIV in pediatric patients and post-partum necrotizing fasciitis. Most of this expert’s work has been in support of plaintiffs in medicolegal actions.

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