October 1999 - Be Very Careful With Experts
From Douglas S. Malany
of McAllen (Barron, Orendain, Malany & Flanagan), this excerpt from his deposition of the defendant's medical expert.
Q. [Dr. Caram], how much are they paying you for this work, sir?
A. I don't know what Mr. DiCaro pays me by the hour.
Q. Mr. Franke gets 50 bucks an hour. What do you get?
A. I really don't know what A.J.'s paying me by the hour. I don't pay attention to that until I receive a case, it's I get paid by the inch of paperwork
Q. Well, this is a three-and-a-half inch case.
A. Oh, no, no. It's much more than that. ... The initial box that came to me had three-and-a-half inches. I have since reviewed many things, such as the depositions and the like, which ...
A. The file, probably nine inches at least.
Q. Well, what do you get for a nine incher?
A. It all depends. It's $150 per inch of paperwork that I have to review.
Q. Is it really?
Q. Per inch?
A. Per inch. As opposed to the hour...