Articles by Dani Alexis Ryskamp, J.D.

Law 101 for Experts: What Experts Need to Know About Civil Trials

Civil lawsuits range from simple and straightforward matters to complex questions requiring a high degree of scientific or technical knowledge to understand. In the latter cases, an expert witness’s participation may be essential for the parties, attorneys, judge, and jury…

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Iowa Family Receives Largest Medical Malpractice Award in State’s History

The birth injury lawsuit award sets a new record for the largest medical malpractice compensation award in Iowa’s history. What Happened in the Birth Injury Lawsuit? The birth injury lawsuit focuses on the 2018 birth of the plaintiffs’ son. During…

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New Mexico Supreme Court Upholds $165 Million Verdict in Fatal Car Crash

What Happened in the Car Crash Case  In June 2011, a FedEx contractor driving a FedEx Ground Package System, Inc. tractor-trailer crashed into a small pickup truck. The crash occurred in the hours before dawn. The pickup was moving slowly…

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Law 101 for Experts: Understanding the Laws That Govern Expert Witness Testimony

These court rules change when the witness is certified as an expert witness, however. Expert witnesses can testify about matters that lie in their field of expertise. This includes their own opinions and analyses formed with the reasoning and tools…

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Law 101 for Experts: Understanding Depositions

By understanding the deposition process, an expert can prepare more effectively, give clearer testimony, and avoid unnecessary complications at later phases of the case. The Deposition Process For experts, the deposition process begins well in advance of the deposition itself.…

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Law 101 for Experts: Understanding the Discovery Process

There are several different methods to accomplish the discovery process, each of which offers certain advantages or disadvantages. Typically, state or federal court rules govern the methods and timing of discovery. Expert witnesses often enter a case during the discovery…

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Exactech Faces Product Liability Claims Concerning Knee Replacement Recall

Patients who received one of about 140,000 Exactech knee or ankle replacements, however, are now facing a recall because their replacement joints may wear out sooner than expected. Exactech’s Knee Replacement Implant Recall Exactech first announced a recall in August…

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Proposed California Bill Increases Medical Malpractice Damage Caps

A proposed bill updates the provisions of the Medical Injury Compensation Reform Act of 1975 (MICRA). The proposed California bill raises the damage caps in medical malpractice cases, allowing for increases in pain and suffering awards. In doing so, it…

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Law 101 for Experts: Proving or Defeating Claims of Damages

Instead, the parties in damages claims may be at odds over questions about the effect or magnitude of the harm done. They may dispute whether or to what extent one party should compensate the other. These are questions about damages.…

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Massachusetts Firefighters Sue Over Exposure to PFAS

The firefighters, who suffer from various forms of cancer, claim that the use of PFAS chemicals in the suits and foam was a “substantial factor and proximate cause of the cancers, serious illnesses, and bodily injuries.” Firefighters’ Allegations Regarding “Forever…

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