Emergency Physician Expert Testimony

Medical_18063Many emergency physicians are asked at some point in their careers to review medical malpractice cases by an attorney.  When preparing testimony, the physician should review all available records. The situation has risen where an attorney does not provide everything available, causing the emergency phsyician expert to be blind-sided when additional material is provided for last-minute analysis or used for impeachment (discrediting of testimony) during a cross-examination or trial.

The emergency department is a high-risk environment. Though most non-emergency physicians have spent some time in the ED as part of their training, the high density of cognitive demands for very sick individuals, with the multiple distractions of noise, interruptions, time pressures, and need for timely and progressive decision-making are best understood by physicians working in the ED regularly.

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