Peer oversight of expert testimony

By B. Sonny Bal, MD, MBA

In many medical liability lawsuits, expert testimony is essential for jurors to understand the applicable standards of care. Historically, doctors who testified in court for or against the conduct of a peer alleged to have committed medical malpractice were given enormous deference by the U.S. legal system. In deferring to testifying doctors, the judiciary gave them unusually expansive immunity against liability for anything said under oath on the witness stand, except for clearly fraudulent testimony or obvious illegal conduct.

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