Why would you want your own expert to go “blind”? It seems like an outrageous question, until you realize that a “blind review” is often key to obtaining a fair, prospective, expert analysis. Traditional thinking among the defense bar is the more informed the medical expert, the less vulnerable he will be to cross examination and the greater he will shine in front of a jury, but sometimes, just the opposite is true.
Consider the typical radiology case. Without a blind review, CT scans, MRIs and other studies may fall prey to a “Where’s Waldo?” approach to litigation. No matter how obscure the finding, once it’s made known, it becomes obvious! We have all experienced this phenomenon in everyday life, and legal experts are no different. To be sure, when a reviewing expert knows the final outcome before rendering his opinion, there is an inherent bias and misapplication of the standard of care.
We encourage the following to combat this litigation problem:
- Obtain “blind reviews” of your case by potential expert witnesses to ensure a fair, unbiased review; and
- Expose the failure of plaintiff’s experts to perform blind reviews and, as a result, the application of an inappropriate standard of care.