Hire The Orthopedic Surgery Expert Witness Using ACS Guidelines

Orthopedic surgeons diagnose and treat injuries, disorders and diseases of the body’s musculoskeletal system which includes bones, joints, ligaments, muscles, and tendons. When allegations of medical negligence result in a lawsuit against the surgeon, the orthopedic surgery expert witness consults and testifies on the merits of the case. The American College of Surgeons describes the physician who acts as an expert witness as one of the most important figures in malpractice litigation. In 2011, the ACS Patient Safety and Professional Liability Committee defined qualifications for these experts in Statement on the Physician Acting as an Expert Witness. These guidelines include but are not limited to:

  • The physician expert witness should be familiar with the standard of care provided at the time of the alleged occurrence and should have been actively involved in the clinical practice of the specialty or the subject matter of the case at the time of the alleged occurrence…
  • The physician expert witness should be prepared to distinguish between actual negligence (substandard medical care that results in harm) and an unfortunate medical outcome (recognized complications occurring as a result of medical uncertainty)…
  • The physician expert witness should be prepared to state the basis of his or her testimony or opinion and whether it is based on personal experience, specific clinical references, evidence-based guidelines, or a generally accepted opinion in the specialty. The physician expert witness should be prepared to discuss important alternate methods and views…

ACS warns that “The physician expert witness should be aware that failure to provide truthful testimony exposes the physician expert witness to criminal prosecution for perjury, civil suits for negligence, and revocation or suspension of his or her professional license.”

Orthopedic surgery expert witnesses offer impartial analysis and testimony. These physicians review the standards of practice prevailing at the time of the occurrence. These professionals do not take a stand as an advocate or partisan in legal proceedings but present their unbiased findings before the court. Contact ELITE Medical Experts to speak directly with a physician or nurse who will provide a complimentary strategic analysis and hand select a top-tier orthopedic surgery expert witness for your case.

 

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