You know you need an expert to testify in your Maryland civil trial.
But how does the court go about making a decision as to whether your expert will be able to testify?
One of the main roles of an expert witness is to help assist the trier of fact in your case.
The expert can give opinion testimony in court or otherwise.
However, to get to this the expert must be qualified to testify, and the court will make a determination as to this issue.
In making this decision, the court will look to the expert’s experience, skill, training, knowledge, education, etc…
The court will also make a determination as to whether the testimony that the expert will give is relevant to the issues in the case.
If the testimony is not going to be relevant to the trial issues then the expert should not be allowed to testify.
The court will look to whether there is a factual basis for the expert’s testimony.
All of these things need to be present before an expert can be qualified to testify in your case.
In medical malpractice cases, expert testimony can be crucial to the case itself so it is vitally important to make sure that your expert meets all the requirements.
If you have more questions about the role experts play in Maryland medical malpractice cases, or if you are trying to determine whether your injury is due to poor and substandard medical care, this is what we invite you to do if your matter happened in Maryland.
Pick up the phone and give us a call.
We can be reached at 301-850-4832.
We answer Maryland medical malpractice questions like yours all the time and we would be glad to listen to your story.