Fig. 11. Ouch! A view of the  knee injury many weeks after the accident and surgery (the surgery occurred within hours of the accident). The knee is swollen to almost twice its normal size with the stapled surgical incision clearly visible. So much as the added weight of a blanket on this area would  instantly increase the already constant pain and sensitivity. [Once, I carelessly dropped a small folded blanket on her lap from a height of about a foot or so and it made her wince in pain! No lie.]
   Seeing things in a different light, one of Chevron's "experts" testified that the knee damage was in reality nothing more than a "minor" soccer-type injury - only to concede in the next breath that the plaintiff would likely need an artificial knee at some point in the future. 
   For rendering such service, that professional received almost four thousand dollars for his few hours of effort. I think that kind of monetary return helps to explain what makes "expert witnessing" such a  thriving sub-business within the burgeoning personal injury business.  


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