Let’s say a patient goes into the hospital to have part of his right leg amputated, but, due to an error, the doctor amputates the wrong leg. That appears to be a prime case of negligence. Other cases are more difficult to prove, as when a physician fails to diagnose a form of cancer. The case is more difficult because it is far less obvious that the physician failed to adhere to a reasonable standard of care for physicians. Many professional negligence claims require the plaintiff to produce expert testimony showing that the defendant professional violated the applicable standard of care.
In cases involving medical malpractice, it is frequently essential to have expert testimonials during the trial (iStock).