Medical Malpractice Expert Witnesses

3 Ways to Improve Medical Malpractice Expert Witnesses

Medical malpractice can be defined as liabilities that arise as the direct result of medical care. In order to establish negligence, Black’s Law Dictionary requires a plaintiff to establish:

  • The physician’s duty to the plaintiff
  • The applicable standard of care and its violation
  • Damages
  • A clear link between the violation of the standard of care and the harm complained of

Expert witnesses can be key in medical malpractice cases. Expert witness testimony can not only help win cases, but also help to evaluate a case’s merits prior to going to trial.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released an article detailing ways to improve the quality of expert witness testimony for medical malpractice cases.

Eligibility Requirements

Since there are no universal standards on credentialing medical malpractice expert witnesses, the American Academy of Pediatrics cites that imposing eligibility requirements on medical expert witnesses could help prevent irresponsible testimony.

Peer Review

There have been specialty medical organizations that have set up programs in which a group of peers analyze the content of expert testimonies. The results have been published in scientific journals. This could help bring to light irresponsible testimony and discourage those in the medical community from providing testimony that could be deemed biased or false.

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