As an insurance defense practice, Picciano & Scahill in Westbury uses medical experts on just about every case, said managing partner Frank Scahill.
“Most of the doctors willing to testify are looking to supplement their income or are in the waning stages of their careers, so there is an issue of quality,” he said. “It’s important to ensure that a medical witness is a qualified, practicing doctor, not someone who purely does expert testimony.”
Not every attorney wants a job with a sun-up to sun-down commitment. Many Long Island attorneys looking for an alternative to the full-time grind are able to find professional opportunities that fit their needs.
“In litigation, law firms always need attorneys to do per-diem work,” said Mitchell Sternbach, a partner with Mintz, Stein & Sternbach, a Rockville Centre law firm. Cases involve numerous court appearances and other procedures, each of which can tie up an attorney for a couple of hours or more.
In the world of the recovery of contested no-fault benefits, rarely does the practitioner ever have pause to consider, from a comparative approach, how New York’s no-fault reimbursement scheme compares to those of the other so-called “no-fault” states.1 New York’s approach as it deals with the allocations of the burdens of proof and use of the preclusion remedy (among other facets of our no-fault law) shares nothing in common with that of the other PIP state.