While there are caps on damages that a disabled victim can receive in many jurisdictions, there are no limits to how much money an expert witness can make," according to Loudoun and Fairfax injury lawyer Doug Landau of ABRAMS LANDAU, Ltd. In this week’s Washington Post there is an interesting article about what, caused a baby’s brain hemorrhage. According to the Post, the debate over whether "shaken baby syndrome" exists has erupted into a national battle of the experts. According to the newspaper, in the story "Shaken baby syndrome itself is put on trial in Fairfax court:"
Georgetown University neurosurgeon Ronald Uscinski said brain scans showed that the infant’s bleeding continued long after he had been hospitalized, when no trauma was occurring, and "this condition was not caused by shaking." Uscinski said he had testified more than 100 times in shaken baby cases, always for the defense. "I’ve never been contacted by the prosecution," he said. Last year, he estimated he made about $200,000 in testifying and consulting fees. He said there were numerous explanations for bleeding in an infant’s brain that were unrelated to shaking, especially with no marks or trauma on a child’s neck, arms or body.
This money is in addition to his practice at Georgetown, and any earnings he may have for lecturing, writing, teaching, etc. There are other doctors in the DC metro area who make six-figure income just from their court testimony and preparation. So, "if you do not think this is an important part of a physician’s income, you are sorely mistaken," adds experienced personal injury and workers compensation lawyer Doug Landau.