Medical experts compete to testify for malpractice plaintiffs

Hirsh, B.D.; Dunn, J.; Wilcox, D.P.

Texas Medicine 86(5): 26-27


ISSN/ISBN: 0040-4470
PMID: 2343415
Document Number: 4332
This article describes the activities of physicians who offer their services for hire as witnesses and consultants to attorneys in malpractice litigation. Cases illustrating the extent of the problem are discussed along with legal and ethical restrictions on witnesses and contingent-fee payment of medicolegal consultants. A common belief is that the ever-present threat of malpractice litigation, which hangs over the heads of physicians like the sword of Damocles, is due to avaricious lawyers, unrealistic expectations of patients, and the reckless generosity of juries with other people's money. But physicians also have exacerbated a troublesome situation. Gone is the universal reluctance of doctors to testify against other doctors.

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Medical experts compete to testify for malpractice plaintiffs