Medical malpractice payouts in the US topped $3.8 billion in 2016, according to a report by malpractice insurance provider Diederich Healthcare. Expert testimony plays a crucial role in even the most open-and-shut malpractice cases. Here’s how you can build your strongest case with a medical malpractice expert witness.
Why hire a medical malpractice expert witness?
Hiring an experienced medical expert witness assures that your medical negligence case will be based on sound medical analysis. Expert testimony is required in medical malpractice cases to establish deviation from the standard of care because medical procedures are generally beyond the common knowledge of a jury. Medical expert witnesses understand the elements of negligence and provide a thorough analysis of duty, breach, and causation.
How should I prepare my medical malpractice expert witness?
To effectively present evidence and answer cross-examination questions, the expert should be provided with all significant material upon which his or her opinion will be based. This includes complete copies of all medical records in your malpractice case. It is advisable to have the medical expert determine which portions of the medical record are relevant to the case, rather than assigning this task to another member of the legal team.
What should I look for in a medical malpractice expert witness?
You’ll want to hire an expert with top credentials to make a strong impression on a jury. A full-time practicing physician holding a professorial position at a leading university is optimum.
Don’t cut corners in your legal strategy by not hiring the best medical malpractice expert witness. With Elite Medical Experts, you’re guaranteed a board-certified practicing physician from a major US teaching institution who has been specifically vetted for your case. Contact us today to speak with one of our in-house physician or nurse Case Strategists about your case.