Experts in Medical Malpractice Cases: Where do we find them?
Medical Malpractice cases are truly “battles of the experts.” The plaintiff, patient, or patient’s family must present expert testimony from a qualified expert that the defendant doctor, hospital, etc. deviated from the accepted standard of care (i.e. negligence). Secondly, there must be expert testimony that the patient’s death or injury was directly caused by the treating doctor’s negligence.
We investigate a lot of potential medical malpractice cases but agree to undertake very few of those cases. Why? Because it is very difficult finding honest and reputable physicians who will stand up and testify in court that a medical colleague was negligent and caused their patient harm or even death. As you can imagine, the lawyers representing the defendant/healthcare provider does not have this problem as most doctors are very willing to come to the aid of a fellow colleague.
We search the entire United States for medical experts. We look for physicians who graduated from the best medical schools and who have achieved board certification in their medical speciality. We want experts who practice at the most reputable medical centers and medical schools. We look for experts who have an active medical practice and actually perform (on a regular basis) the surgery at issue or regularly diagnose and treat the medical condition suffered by our client. Finally, we look for physicians who have published articles in respected medical journals on the very surgical procedure or disease process at issue in our client’s cases. We want doctors who teach other doctors.
Finding great experts is not easy and consumes hours and hours of our time. However, if you want a chance to be successful in your medical malpractice case, having a good expert makes all the difference.