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Atlanta Legal Nurse Consultant Speaks: Locating Expert Witnesses


Atlanta, Georgia – Atlanta legal nurse consultant Liz Buddenhagen, Registered Nurse and Certified Legal Nurse Consultant, spoke at the Greater Augusta Chapter of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants (AALNC) on April 16, 2009. The group met in Augusta, Georgia, home of the Master’s Golf Tournament.

Buddenhagen was the invited guest speaker of Vickie Gibbs, RN, LNC, and enjoyed a hearty welcome by Gibbs and the group.

Here’s what was talked about:

“Locating expert witnesses for Atlanta attorneys is one of my firm’s most popular services,” said Buddenhagen.

“Locating expert witnesses can be very time consuming, and Atlanta attorneys appreciate leveraging their time” by having this experienced RN, and her team quickly, and expertly track down qualified, and desirable experts.

Buddenhagen referred to the two types of experts she finds: “need them now, yesterday, last month, by tonight or tomorrow” – these are what she calls “instant experts,” and secondly, the more standard expert location, which is a less time sensitive, and more comprehensive search.

The two basic methods she has been successful with: “Bulldogging and Bread Baking,”
are applied accordingly. The bulldogging means the expert is needed right away and all other work is put aside until the expert is found. The bread baking means a more thorough search is begun, and then left for a few days to develop, “sort of like yeast rising,” to yield a larger field of candidates to choose from.

Buddenhagen went on to discuss the process she employs to locate an expert and titled this section of her talk “Fifty Ways to Locate an Expert or Y’all come!”

Once qualified candidates are identified, Buddenhagen & Associates screens the experts, and this is customized to the individual attorney’s preferences.

Finally, the top candidate is presented to the attorney, and usually we have back-up candidates if needed, says the Atlanta legal nurse.

“Patience, persistence, and tincture of time are the key ingredients to any expert search.”

Buddenhagen noted that it is highly recommended that Buddenhagen & Associates review the case to have the most knowledge on board when discussing the potential case with the potential expert. Engaging our firm as early as possible is always best, she says.


Liz Buddenhagen, RN, CLNC, has a thirty year clinical background, including critical care, and assists Atlanta area attorneys with medical-legal cases. In addition to locating experts her firm provides legal support services including:
• Screening reviews
• Organizing records
• Creating chronologies/timelines
• Medicare Set-Asides
• Medical cost projections

To view the website, go to,
and for a free initial consultation, call Liz Buddenhagen at 770-725-2997,
or email at


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