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Expert Witness Deposition: Higher Hourly Rate

Steven Babitsky, Esq. The U.S. District Court Montana, dealt with an election campaign expert who charged a modest $150 per hour and $200 per hour for deposition time. Surprisingly, plaintiff counsel challenged the fee request for the extra $50 per hour for deposition time. The court found that it was reasonable to charge a higher… read more

Life Care Planner: Daubert Challenge

Steven Babitsky, Esq. The U.W. District Court D. Colorado dealt with a life care planner, Dahlberg, who relied on a prosthetist for the lifetime cost of a C-leg prosthesis. The purchase price for the prosthesis was $81,654. A Daubert challenge was filed based on the life care planner’s reliance on the prosthetist (Pickering). The court… read more

Negotiating Skills for Physicians

Steven Babitsky, Esq. One of the most important business skills that physicians will want to develop is their negotiating skills. Successful physician negotiators effectively gather and use information and time deadlines when negotiating. Here are 15 of these strategies and techniques: Information Summary We want to determine the authority level of the person you are… read more

12 Red-Flag Words for Experts to Avoid

One of the most significant jobs of expert witnesses is report writing. Experts commonly use “red flag” words which can create problems for the expert at deposition and/or trial. Here are 12 red-flag words which expert witnesses should try to avoid. “Authoritative” to describe a text. This term has special legal significance that may allow… read more

Physicians Seeking New Revenue Sources

Steven Babitsky, Esq. An increasing number of physicians are looking for additional sources of income to supplement their clinical income. We at SEAK are seeing a sharp increase in the number of physicians who are looking to diversify their income stream. With the loss of income due to Covid-19 and the reductions in Medicare and… read more

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