Chapter 1 : The Forensic Microbiologist as an Expert

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The forensic microbiologist employs microbiology and related fields with which he is familiar to assist in the process of dispute resolution. The legal problems in which a forensic microbiologist might become involved are varied and may include medical malpractice, product liability, and other torts, corporate disputes, or patent violations. An expert witness is one having special knowledge, skill, or experience in the subject about which he is to testify. The expert witness has knowledge of the matter under consideration not normally possessed by the average person. The expert witness may consult with other experts not connected to the case as long as confidentiality is maintained. The role of the expert witness is very different from that of the attorney. The expert witness will investigate every aspect of the case, evaluate the merits of the claim, and educate his client-attorney on the strengths and weaknesses of the claim. All the expert’s activities relating to the case and his work products are discoverable; that is, they may be examined by the opposition. The role of the expert witness should not be confused with that of an . One peculiarity about being an expert witness is that one should not do it full time. The legal profession tends to produce as many experts as possible to bolster their case.

Citation: Ellner P. 2006. The Forensic Microbiologist as an Expert, p 1-6. In The Biomedical Scientist as Expert Witness. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555816520.ch1
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