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What You Need to Know About Expert Witnesses in Medical Malpractice Cases

January 04, 2018


Have you been injured because of a doctor’s negligence or reckless behavior during a procedure or in diagnosis and treatment? If so, you may be entitled to pursue a medical malpractice claim. You might think that the facts of your case are obvious or that your injuries and damages speak for themselves. However, any case involving alleged malpractice can be especially complicated if you do not have the insight provided by a knowledgeable attorney and expert witnesses.

Expert witnesses are vital in helping to illustrate your story. Practically all medical malpractice cases will require a testimony from a medical expert. The facts involved in medical malpractice cases today are often too complicated for a non-physician to determine whether or not the treating doctor should be held liable for the injuries you have sustained. In fact, in many states, you are required to get a medical expert’s opinion prior to initiating a lawsuit and it is very beneficial to have a medical expert to help you present testimony because he or she will rely on their years of experience and professional opinion to render a decision about your injuries.

This can be pertinent in illustrating to the court that the injuries you have sustained should have been prevented or are the direct result of the physician who is named in the lawsuit. A judge will decide the case too early or dismiss the case without the insight provided by a medical expert.

Courts have determined that technical information that a jury has to consider in a medical malpractice case is often too complicated to sort through without assistance. Although a jury is not required to adopt an expert’s opinion after it has been presented in a medical malpractice case, the jury is responsible for using it to consider the facts in rendering a final decision. This makes it all the more important to hire an attorney who is knowledgeable about using expert witnesses. If you have been injured due to medical malpractice, you should contact an experienced attorney today.

At Berger Lagnese & Paul, LLC, we’re here to help you with a delicate legal claim- call us at 412-471-4300 or fill out our convenient online contact form to get more information today.

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