Medical expert witnesses are hired for a variety of reasons. For example, almost all medical malpractice cases require expert testimony from a medical expert.
If someone has been injured through a medical procedure such as surgery, a medical witness can explain to the judge or jury how the procedure should have been performed and what was missed. This will help the jury members and the judge determine if the injury or death happened because of the incompetence or negligence of the doctor, nurse or healthcare facility.
In the case of homicide, murder, or wrongful death, a forensic pathologist can determine the cause of death.
A medical expert may also be called to assess if a criminal defendant is legally competent to stand trial or enter an insanity defense.
Epidemiologists and toxicologists can explain the detrimental health effects caused by a victim’s working conditions.
Simply put, an expert testimony is crucial in various medical cases. In fact, in many states a medical expert’s opinion is needed before you can initiate a lawsuit.
It’s also worth mentioning that sometimes, medical malpractice is so obvious that a medical expert might not be necessary (for example, when a surgeon leaves a foreign object inside the patient).
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