Medical Malpractice Expert Witness

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A medical malpractice expert witness is a medical professional who provides testimony verifying the plaintiff's claims of medical malpractice committed by the defendant. In some states, the testimony of a medical malpractice expert witness is required for an injured plaintiff to receive compensation for malpractice damages. In certain other states and cases, medical malpractice expert witness testimony is not required when the fact finder can determine medical malpractice based on the facts of the case.

Qualifications of an Expert Witness

A medical malpractice expert witness can be a currently practicing or veteran medical physician who is not party to the legal claim at hand. He/She has a strong understanding of medical malpractice and the ability to recognize and verify cases of medical malpractice in a court of law. There are medical malpractice expert witness services available to attorneys as well as independent medical malpractice expert witnesses. It is important for a victim's attorney to choose a competent witness who is litigation savvy and can produce the strong accurate answers necessary to win a medical malpractice case.

Cost of an Expert Witness

The services of a medical malpractice expert witness do not come cheap. The cost of hiring a medical malpractice expert witness will vary by area and medical expert, but it can be in the hundreds of dollars per hour. This can become very costly to the victim if their attorney does not properly handle the case or have the resources necessary to pay for the development of technical evidence in the form of medical malpractice expert witness testimony. A competent and experienced medical malpractice attorney will have the resources to hire a medical malpractice expert witness that will provide strong evidence for the case as economically as possible.

Saving Time and Money

There are many ways that a knowledgeable and experienced medical malpractice attorney can reduce the costs of hiring a medical malpractice expert witness while still retaining the superior quality of expert testimony. The bulk of valuable time that a medical malpractice expert witness spends on a case involves learning the facts of the victim's case. A medical malpractice attorney can reduce the number of billable hours that a medical malpractice expert witness needs to accomplish this by organizing the client's medical records and other pertinent documents before submitting them to the medical malpractice expert witness.

There are a number of other steps that a competent medical malpractice attorney can take in order to keep medical malpractice expert witness costs low while maximizing the interests of their client. It is a good idea to discuss the role of a medical malpractice expert witness in your case when you first consult an attorney about your medical malpractice case. Your attorney should be able to tell you how the cost of hiring a medical malpractice expert witness will be arranged and how they plan on keeping those costs as low as possible while securing the quality testimony your case deserves.

Contact an Attorney Near You

If you would like to learn more about medical malpractice expert witness legal issues, please contact us to speak with a qualified and experienced attorney who can evaluate your case to determine how best to protect and maximize your legal interests.

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