Audiology Expert Witness Defined
I’m frequently asked about my work as an audiology expert witness. To understand fully its good to take a step back and look at the history of experts in legal disputes. The use of forensic experts in legal matters has an ancient heritage. In Babylonia, experts were used to determine pregnancy, virginity and fertility. The Romans legally recognized experts in midwifery, handwriting, and land surveying. In the past 250 years, the use of expert witnesses and the admissibility of their testimony and scientific evidence has developed significantly in the Western court system.
In our system an expert witness is a person whose opinion by virtue of education, training, certification, skills or experience, is accepted by a judge as an expert. The judge may consider the witness’s specialized scientific, technical or other opinion about the evidence and/or facts before the court within the expert’s area of expertise. This is referred to as an “expert opinion”. Expert witnesses may also deliver “expert evidence”, but only within their area of their expertise and their testimony may be rebutted by the testimony of other experts or by other evidence or facts.
Expert witnesses are an important part of the American system of justice. The role of the expert witness is to help the judge and jury understand the evidence in the case under consideration. An expert witness is basically a teacher, distilling complex issues into understandable testimony. In addition to four decades as a practicing audiologist, Dr. Robert Traynor has taught audiology courses at multiple universities. He deploys the intellectual curiosity of an academic and his 40+ years of clinical experience to each case as a forensic audiologist. He understands the clinical components for effectively treating hearing loss and tinnitus patients. Not only cases involving hearing loss, tinnitus and audiology malpractice, Dr. Traynor has a vast experiential understanding of how audiology practices, patients and colleagues are managed. His testimony leads to reasonable outcomes for business disputes involving audiology practices and practitioners.
Robert Traynor: Audiology Expert Witness
Dr. Traynor’s academic credibility, reputation within the hearing industry globally, clinical experience and business credentials uniquely suits him for the tough challenges brought by opposing parties. He understands the demanding, deadline driven schedule that comes with dispute resolution.
Robert Traynor has taken courses sponsored by SEAK, Inc. that have prepared him for this challenge. These courses are taught by attorneys to train experts, such as Dr. Traynor in their work supporting the legal profession. These courses instruct expert witnesses in reviewing documents, conducting investigations, performing research, forming opinions, drafting reports, consulting with retaining counsel, giving a sworn deposition, and testifying at trial. These skills and his extensive experience make Dr. Robert Traynor the logical choice to be your audiology expert witness in disputes involving audiology, hearing loss, and tinnitus.