Michigan Auto Law trial attorney Steve Gursten teaches Ohio lawyers at OAJ Winter Convention on how to cross-examine expert witnesses
This is my third time being invited to speak to my fellow injury lawyers at the Ohio Association for Justice, and it’s always an occasion I enjoy and look forward to.
I’ve previously been the keynote speaker on teaching lawyers on how to litigate truck accident cases after an Ohio truck accident case that I settled in 2014, which was the top-reported truck accident injury settlement in the United States for that year. Last year, I was invited back to speak about tips and tactics to increase auto accident settlements.
But this year, I get to speak on my favorite aspect of trial – exposing the bias of the defense insurance medical examiner or expert witness. Mastering cross-examination in this age of “hired gun” insurance company doctors is one of the most important things a trial lawyer must do to protect his or her clients. These hired-gun expert witnesses are brought in by insurance companies to see a person one time and then write awful reports and to testify in court. When the bias of these notorious hired gun expert witnesses is not exposed, it can result in denials of desperately needed insurance benefits and compensation for innocent people who desperately need it.
I’ve dealt successfully with exposing the bias and often outright corruption of these insurance company doctors and hired guns for years, and this year I’ll be sharing the strategies I’ve used to protect my clients at the Ohio Association for Justice’s 2018 Winter Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, October 24-26, 2018.
Entitled “Cross-Examining the Uncooperative Defense Expert,” my presentation will cover the topics, tips and strategies that all car accident and personal injury attorneys must know to protect their clients and to expose bias.