Expert Witnesses & Medical Malpractice Cases
You may have heard the term “expert witness” used in your favorite movie or courtroom drama, but what does it really mean?
An expert witness can serve as an essential element in any medical malpractice case, potentially helping to prove that the injury or illness suffered by the plaintiff is the cause of the medical practitioner against whom the case has been filed. In order to prove fault adequately, the expert witness will be utilized by the lawyer to assist in proving liability, injuries, and proximate cause.
An expert witness is often used to prove that a doctor’s behavior was negligent. In other words, expert witnesses can offer testimony to how a procedure or treatment should be administered, and whether or not the doctor in question performed their duties adequately, or if they ignored standards and protocol in their treatment.
Damages Caused by A Doctor
An expert witness can offer educated testimony as to whether the injury or illness in question is permanent and debilitating, and therefore, worthy of a jury award or settlement to compensate for said injuries.
Linking the Two With Proximate Cause
Quite possibly the most important role of the expert witness – once the doctor has been proven negligent, and the injury has been determined as permanent and debilitating, the expert witness can help to link the two by showing how the negligent doctor caused that injury or illness. Proving this will help the judge or jury to see how the doctor or their malpractice insurance should cover the patient’s losses, as that patient has suffered damages because of the actions of the doctor.
Medical Malpractice Cases in the Hands of Experienced Attorneys
If you’ve suffered an injury or illness you believe was the fault of your medical provider, trust the experienced attorneys at Wagner Reese to help you get the damages you deserve. The insurance companies do not always have your best interests in mind, and pursuing damages through the courts may be the only way to get the money you are rightfully owed.
Wagner Reese has been in the business of securing compensation for people just like you for decades, and we are well-versed in obtaining settlements that help our clients recover and move on with their lives. Our medical malpractice attorneys employ expert witnesses to strengthen our clients’ cases. Call today for a FREE consultation: (888) 204-8440