An expert is an individual who holds more specialized knowledge in a given subject than the ‘average Joe.’ In the courtroom, particularly in medially-related cases, expert testimony is used to contest the extent of an injury/damages or lack of standard of care provided by a healthcare professional. It is important, however, to note that just because an expert has more knowledge on a subject than a jury, does not mean he or she is the best fit for solidifying a case.
This begs the question, ‘when searching for a quality medical expert witness, what is the most important component that individual must have?” The answer: The chosen expert witness must be a practicing healthcare professional, NOT a ‘career’ expert. In some states, it is required that the testifying expert is currently practicing or recently practiced in the field to which they are speaking. However, to build a rock-solid case, it is important to choose an expert witness who has applied knowledge in a particular field and the continued education that only comes with being a practicing doctor.