What is a medical expert witness?

On Behalf of | Dec 14, 2021 | Civil Litigation |

If you suffered injuries due to someone’s neglect, action or product, you may have the ability to file a lawsuit. When it comes to civil litigation, having an expert witness makes a major difference. Your witness can help show that the defendant breached the standard of care. In addition, the physician can speak to the nature of your injuries and the impact the injuries have on your life.

According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, some physicians choose to help in court cases to ensure that a person receives justice.

What Is a Medical Witness?

An expert witness in the medical field is a physician who can speak to the injury or illness that a patient suffers. When it comes to expert witnesses, you want to choose someone who has experience and knowledge about your specific condition. In addition, the witness should have some familiarity with the incident. Medical witnesses tend to be doctors who make themselves available for civil cases.

What makes an excellent medical witness?

A medical witness needs to be objective and impartial. He or she needs to present unbiased information and facts to the jury. A medical witness should have all of the facts about the case and be knowledgeable in medicine. When it comes to witnessing testimony payment, an expert witness should never receive disproportionately high amounts of money. When paid high amounts compared to other witnesses, it may seem as though money influences the witness’s opinion.

When choosing an expert witness, the witness should be a current, practicing doctor who has experience in the field that he or she testifies in.

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