FEB 26, 2020
The integrity of the judicial process depends to a great degree on the truthfulness, objectivity, and avoidance of undue bias in the expert testimony. As members of the medical profession, ophthalmologists must recognize their responsibility to serve in this capacity and to provide expert testimony that is truthful, supported by science, and in accordance with the facts of the case.
The courts generally depend on medical experts to establish the standard of care in malpractice litigation, to help identify conformance with or breach of those standards, and to determine whether or not a breach has caused injury. Expert testimony therefore plays an essential role in establishing whether or not there was medical negligence. Beyond establishing negligence, an expert may be called upon to testify about the current clinical status of a patient and the patient’s prognosis as part of the process of determining damages.
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