Does Your Expert Measure Up?

Case Example: In a recent hotly contested medico-legal matter shortly prior to trial, one of our specialists was asked to review the work of an opposing specialist. An online review of the credentials by our specialist revealed a section labelled “Licenses” but the examples listed did not include a license. Our expert advised the attorney of this unusual finding. We were notified two days later that, due in part to our credential discovery, the case settled for a fraction of the demand.

License: A verification by a governmental agency that a professional is able to perform a particular occupation

in a particular location, such as a certain state

(i.e. Medicine, Law, Psychology).

Certificate: A certification verifies that a professional has met a certain set of criteria for a skill or job as measured by a third-party assessment.

Licentious: Disregarding accepted rules or conventions, especially in grammar or literary style.

Lesson:     It is wise to verify credentials when choosing any professional, just as you would check on ratings of hotels, doctors, lawyers, restaurants, etc.