Importance of Expert Witness in Medical Malpractice
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Importance of Expert Witness in Medical Malpractice

Vlad Tsirkin
Medical Malpractice
Mar 01, 2019

There is no greater story of hardship than between mother and child. Not only do mothers have to undergo so many tests and monitoring during pregnancy, but the child has to go through just as many when it is born- even if it is born in quite normal circumstances. One would think that doctors would pay attention to mothers who have lost weight so close to their child’s birth, but this was not the case for a young woman who died days after giving birth to her stillborn baby.

The 20-year-old mother had lost 36 pounds while still carrying a baby and she suffered from great illnesses. She was treated by doctors, but nothing was resolved and she ended up collapsing just after giving birth to a stillborn baby and going through a surgical procedure. When the family brought a medical malpractice case there were tensions as to whether the medical expert, who would discuss the young woman’s tragic ending and show the negligence of the doctors and the facility, was good enough to be an expert. The doctor was an obstetrician and gynecologist. However, the doctor had also been to law school and other graduate schools some years before the death of the young woman. This led the courts to speculate whether the doctor had regularly practiced in her field as an OBGYN.

In a second case, in Miramar, a mother birthed a baby whose spleen and other organs were removed at childbirth. Because of the missing organs, the child would not be able to fight off bacteria and viruses like a normal healthy child. So a vaccine was given to the child, but no one knew that the vaccine that was administered was actually expired. The child, eight months down the road, got sick and ended up with gangrene in all of her limbs. Therefore, the doctors amputated all of her limbs. An expert witness suggested that the mother did not give her daughter enough medicine, so the juries assigned the mother 40% at fault for her child’s situation. The verdict was in the family’s favor, but they will not receive the sum total of $12.6 million as part of the fault was given to the mother.

In both cases tragedy struck. In both cases, the expert witness is a heavy influence on what happens to the case as well as the verdict. When you are dealing with medical malpractice suit you want to ensure that every piece of the large puzzle is in place. You need a strong advocate by your side who has the resources and expertise to get you through this stressful situation. Our Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Attorney from Vladimir Tsirkin & Associates, P.A., has the experience and knowledge to fight for you during this difficult time. When you are working on this kind of case you want a seasoned attorney with a good reputation. Call 954-687-9787 or click here to start a conversation with our Fort Lauderdale Medical Malpractice Attorney and start your journey with us today.

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