Summary: Expert Witnesses – The Expensive Necessity in Medical Malpractice Lawsuits
Remember the song “Mammas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” by Ed Bruce? One part of the song’s lyrics is as follows, “Mamas’ don’t let your babies grow up to be cowboys. Don’t let ’em pick guitars or drive them old trucks. Let ’em be doctors and lawyers and such.” I agree, but I would take it one step further. I say, let them be expert witnesses. They will be set for life.
As a practicing medical malpractice attorney, I only work with the most highly qualified and competent doctors to obtain opinions regarding the necessary elements of medical malpractice: (1) standard of care; (2) causation; and (3) damages. These doctors have all graduated from some of the most reputable institutions and are board certified in their specialty. I have the upmost respect for (most) all of them. However, wow, are they expensive!