Cooper Elliott Tackles Medical Negligence With Highly-Qualified Experts

The Firm

For decades, Cooper Elliott has been helping people who have suffered from the most serious and life-altering losses. They guide clients through the legal system as they seek justice and accountability. Cooper Elliott attorneys have achieved more than $350 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of their clients.

The Challenge

Prior to working with Expert Institute, Cooper Elliott spent an enormous amount of time trying to find qualified experts for their cases. In medical malpractice cases, in particular, they learned that jurors want to see the best, most qualified experts in the country, and Cooper Elliott would spend an inordinate amount of time trying to locate these experts. In reality, though, sometimes a highly qualified expert makes a terrible witness, and cases are often made or broken on the strength of the experts involved.

The Solution

When firm co-founder and owner, Rex Elliott, discovered Expert Institute it was, in his words, “Like unlocking the key to a safe that I’d been trying to crack for 20 years. In the past, we would do our own expert research and use listservs. But that can generally be unreliable depending on the quality of the experts and the responses you get. The benefit of working with Expert Institute is that they locate the best experts in the country, saving me a great deal of time on the front end. The people that Expert Institute finds are truly fantastic experts in terms of qualifications, experience, and testimony – saving my firm a great deal of time and dramatically increasing our odds of landing a tremendous expert.”

“But the benefits of working with Expert Institute go far beyond that. Expert Institute can take a close look at our case, and say, ‘you’ve got a couple of pretty good experts on it, but I think you’ve got a couple of holes that can be filled with the following experts’,” said Elliott.

In addition to experts, one of the critical components of med mal litigation is the ability to identify and locate literature that supports your expert’s opinions. “If you’ve got two experts who say completely different things, but I’ve got medical literature to support my expert’s opinions, that’s huge and it’s a game changer for the case,” said Elliott. “With Expert Institute, I can get help with my search for supporting literature, or I can take an opposing expert’s report and have Expert Institute dissect it to tell me where the problems are. It saves a tremendous amount of time and it helps us improve the chances we’re going to be successful in our case.”

The Results

“Medical negligence is the second or third leading cause of death in this country,” noted Elliott. “That’s going to continue to be the case and we’ve got to help these folks out. Working with Expert Institute has allowed our firm to do that and it’s been a monumental change for all of us here. We’re really, really happy with the service we get and I expect we’re going to have a long relationship with Expert Institute.”

The people that Expert Institute finds are truly fantastic experts in terms of qualifications, experience, and testimony – saving my firm a great deal of time and dramatically increasing our odds of landing a tremendous expert.

Rex H. Elliott, Partner Cooper Elliott

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