At The Gogel Law Firm, we can help if you, or your family, have been injured as a result of the medical mistakes of a doctor or hospital. A St. Louis Malpractice Attorney at The Gogel Law Firm can fight for the compensation you deserve if you have a medical malpractice claim.
Experts expert witnesses are essential in St. Louis Medical Malpractice cases. Because the elements of liability in both showing that a medical provider fell below recognized standards of care, it is often necessary at the very least to have a medical malpractice expert testify as to what the proper standard of care is. In addition, it may be necessary to have another medical malpractice expert testify that the failure to meet the recognized standard of care resulted in some sort of harm or injury. Finally, it may be necessary in some Missouri Medical Malpractice cases to have a third expert testified as to what specifically the injury is.
Usually, the first task of a St. Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyer, after reviewing the medical records, is to locate a respected medical expert to review the case. It is during this process that it is important to select the proper type of expert. While it is sometimes beneficial to going outside of the state to obtain an expert witness, there are other times in which hiring a local medical provider is better for the case.
Hiring the correct expert witness can oftentimes send a message that a plaintiff is willing to do whatever is necessary to pursue the case. Hiring the wrong expert witness can have the opposite effect.
Although all cases are different, there are certain factors that have routinely been found in well-qualified and respected expert witnesses:
- An expert who actually practices medicine and does not just testify in cases;
- An expert witness who still has an active medical license;
- An expert witness who has not spent his or her entire time in a courtroom testifying;
- An expert witness who does not regularly lecture on medical malpractice; and
- An expert witness who has published texts in the same or similar fields that he or she will be testifying about.
Our St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney can oftentimes select an expert witness quickly and efficiently who we have worked with within the past. However, in the event that the case requires a unique approach, we affiliate with expert witness organizations and conduct a national search for the witness that will help the case most.
If you believe that you or a family member may have been a victim of medical malpractice resulting in serious injury, you should an experienced St. Louis Medical Malpractice Attorney as soon as possible. Missouri and Illinois have short time periods (statutes of limitations) in which to file a case. Therefore, it is important that you contact a St. Louis Medical Malpractice Lawyer at 314-370-8173 for a consultation immediately. The Gogel Law Firm’s Medical Malpractice Lawyer in St. Louis does not charge for an initial consultation, so you have nothing to lose by talking about your case.