Following medical treatment, we sometimes tend to brush off ongoing pain or symptoms, believing we will look weak if we complain. But the truth is that not all treatments or medications work for everyone. In fact, you may have received the wrong dose or type of medicine, or prescribed treatment could be aggravating rather than healing your injury. Most of us lack medical training, so we do not know whether continued discomfort is natural or problematic. That is why it is important to contact a personal injury lawyer for information. He or she in turn may request the assistance of a medical malpractice experts witness.
1. You may need an expert witness.
An expert witness is someone who has training and experience in the area of injury you are dealing with. The expert will examine the medical documentation accumulated in your doctor records to see if you were given the proper diagnosis and treatment. If you weren’t, or if you had a negative reaction that the doctors missed, you may have cause for a potential personal injury case against medical practitioners for malpractice.
2. What does a medical witness expert do?
When searching for a medical expert witness, a malpractice attorney will get your permission to collect your medical records for evaluation. All documentation associated with your treatment will be gathered for a careful review by an expert witness who knows the medical issues involved in your case. The expert may do research from reliable medical sources on your specific injuries or medical problems to ascertain their cause as well as the effects of treatment you have experienced. Any underlying health conditions will also be considered during this evaluation phase. The local community standard of care may be analyzed, as well as other national cases that are similar to yours, in the effort to learn as much as possible about the variables in your case and whether malpractice has actually occurred.
3. How does a medical expert’s assistance help?
The expert medical witness will provide a detailed written report and may be subjected to interrogatories and a deposition by the defense attorneys. A strong witness will have solid information that will stand up to opposing counsel’s rigors. If the case does materialize into litigation and goes to court, the witness may be asked to testify on the witness stand and be subject to cross examination by defense attorneys.
If you aren’t sure whether you have been the victim of medical malpractice, discuss it with a reputable attorney who specializes in this area of law. If a medical witness is recommended, consider paying the fee, as this person may be able to determine decisively whether or not you are eligible for medical malpractice compensation.