Expert witnesses’ role in a Georgia medical malpractice claim

On Behalf of | Jan 9, 2024 | Medical Malpractice |

A medical malpractice claim is a complex pursuit because it is at the intersection of medical science and legal practice. If an individual believes that they or a loved one sustained injuries from receiving substandard medical care, causation is often challenging to prove. It involves technical details and professional standards that not everyone is familiar with.

So, this is where the crucial role of expert witnesses comes in. Their specialized knowledge can demystify intricacies to help the courts better judge cases and give just results.

Expert witnesses can significantly influence a case

In Georgia, a plaintiff’s complaint must come with an expert affidavit. This requirement involves a qualified medical professional providing a sworn statement on at least one of the defendant’s negligent act.

Their neutral and credible opinion is critical in evaluating the merits of a claim because it can:

  • Demonstrate how a doctor, nurse, hospital or medical provider has exactly breached or deviated from their duty of care
  • Illustrate a clear and direct link between a defendant’s actions and the plaintiff’s injuries, and potentially show how the adverse outcomes are not caused by previous health conditions or other incidents
  • Assess the severity of injuries, determine if a long-term plan is necessary and how it can impact a patient’s future

Expert testimonies can level the playing field and give the injured a fighting chance against medical and legal nuances and complexities.

Expert insights can lead to fair compensation

Expert witnesses can be a potent weapon in a medical malpractice suit. Injured individuals or families of deceased loved ones can explore their help and further protect themselves by seeking legal support. A team can advise them on how to use expert witnesses to secure fair compensation.