“Doctor, I need an expert witness. Will you help?”
Note that this is a request, not a command, unlike a subpoena for jury duty. If you react with instant aversion, then say “no.” However, a positive response probably will lead to an interesting professional experience.
Most physicians are unfamiliar with legal procedure. We are accustomed to being “in charge” in our usual environment, but the legal arena is unknown territory. This chapter, based on my own participation, presents an overview of the role of the medical expert and how it is fulfilled, particularly in malpractice litigation.
KeywordsMedical Expert Expert Testimony Expert Witness Medical Malpractice Malpractice Litigation
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