When Can a Medical Expert Help Your Malpractice Claim?May 28th, 2015
The field of medicine is complicated, and most medical malpractice claims will include testimony from an expert witness. The issues that come up during the claim process are typically too complex for people who are not medical experts to understand, and the stakes are high for both the doctor and the claimant.
Most malpractice lawyers are familiar with the legal processes and will be able to recommend medical experts to their clients. The two professionals will then work together to build a compelling case.
If you are considering filing a medical malpractice claim, it is important to understand why you may need a medical expert to support your testimony. At The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm, we are specialist medical malpractice lawyers, and we can guide you through the legal process. We have access to experts who can provide testimony related to your medical injuries.
If we find evidence that you may have been the victim of a doctor’s negligence, we can establish which damages you may be able to claim, including those for medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering. A New Orleans medical malpractice lawyer from our Firm can work with you directly and address your questions and concerns. To get started, call us today at (504) 586-5200 to schedule an appointment.
A judge may dismiss a malpractice claim without compelling evidence from an expert. There are many facets to the expert witness’s testimony, but two key factors involve the standard of care and the impact of the perceived negligence.
Standard of Care
According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, a medical expert will testify about how a competent doctor might have acted under the same circumstances. He or she will then go on to argue if the doctor in question met these standards.
It is likely that the expert will use medical journals and research to back up his or her argument and may also draw on guidelines for acceptable standards of care according to the medical review board. The jury evaluating the case is not obliged to take this as the only evidence but will likely use it alongside other evidence to make a decision on the matter.
Did the negligence cause your injuries?
The expert will then try to establish how the specific act of negligence caused the plaintiff’s injuries. Medical malpractice cases are always complicated, and in any one scenario, there are several possible factors that may have caused the additional injuries. The expert will attempt to rule these factors out and demonstrate how the specific actions of the doctor constituted negligence and led to direct injuries.
If you believe you may have been the victim of medical malpractice, contact The Bowling Christiansen Law Firm today. A New Orleans medical malpractice attorney from our Firm can evaluate your case to determine if you may have a valid claim against the doctor in question. Call us at (504) 586-5200 to schedule an appointment.