TITLE

The Expert Witness in Medical Malpractice Litigation

AUTHOR(S)
B. Bal
PUB. DATE
February 2009
SOURCE
Clinical Orthopaedics & Related Research;Feb2009, Vol. 467 Issue 2, p383
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Abstract  Physicians may find serving as an expert witness to be interesting, intellectually stimulating, and financially beneficial. However, potential expert witnesses should be aware of the increased legal scrutiny being applied to expert witness testimony in medical malpractice litigation. In the past, expert witnesses received absolute immunity from civil litigation regarding their testimony. This is no longer the case. Expert witnesses may be subject to disciplinary sanctions from professional organizations and state medical boards. In addition, emerging case law is defining the legal duty owed by the expert witness to the litigating parties. Orthopaedic surgeons who serve as expert witnesses should be familiar with the relevant Standards of Professionalism issued by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.
ACCESSION #
36168972

 

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