physician expert witness

A principal actor in malpractice litigation, defined by guidelines from the Council of Medical Specialty Societies

physician expert witness

A principal actor in the drama of malpractice litigation, defined by guidelines from the Council of Medical Specialty Societies. See Expert, Hired gun.
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It is unethical for a physician expert witness to link compensation to the outcome of a case.
Meanwhile, it apparently forgets that every malpractice action has at least three components: (1) an unhappy patient, (2) a plaintiff's attorney, and (3) a plaintiff's physician expert witness.
13) In their guidelines for physician expert witnesses, the American College of Physicians states that "compensation of the physician expert witness should be reasonable and commensurate with the time and effort given to the preparation for depositions and court appearances.
Potential expert witnesses are frequently reluctant to testify against fellow physicians, and a physician expert witness cannot be forced to testify unless he or she is a party to the suit.

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