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Medical Expert

Definition - What does Medical Expert mean?

A medical expert is a witness who, by virtue of a medical education, training, skill, and/or experience, is believed to have specialized knowledge on a medical subject beyond that of the average person. Because of a medical expert’s specialized knowledge, juries can legally rely upon the medical expert’s specialized opinion about evidence or a fact issue within the scope of their expertise.

Justipedia explains Medical Expert

A medical expert can offer their opinion on a particular issue based on written notes or documents or through an examination of the patient. The medical expert will never be the treating doctor for the patient in question. While a medical expert’s opinion is usually provided at the request of a party involved in a lawsuit, the duty of the medical expert is to assist the court rather than the party who instructs them.

This definition was written in the context of Expert Witnesses

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