You have been sued—Part 2

By David Teuscher, MD, and Douglas W. Lundy, MD

Tips for defendant doctors

Negligence cases are won and lost on expert witness testimony. It gives the jury the scientific and factual basis for the “standard of care” and provides them with the information needed to determine whether that standard has been violated by an act of omission (something should have been done but wasn’t) or an act of commission (something should not have been done but was). In medical negligence cases, the defendant doctor has a strategic option, but only if the defense team employs it. Serve as your own best expert witness and consultant to your attorney.

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