Who Can Serve as an Expert Witness in a Tennessee Medical Malpractice Lawsuit?
Tennessee has some very specific rules about who can testify as an expert witness in a medical malpractice case.
Number one, that expert must be in the same specialty or substantially similar specialty as the person that he or she is testifying about.
Second, that expert witness must have practiced that specialty in Tennessee or a contiguous state.
Third, that expert witness must have performed those services during the one year prior to the negligent act or omission that is the subject of the malpractice suit.
And finally, the expert witness must be familiar with the local standard of care where the healthcare provider that is the subject of the malpractice suit, actually practiced medicine.
There are over 100 cases interpreting those four requirements that I just explained to you.
And at the Law Offices of John Day, we spend a lot of time educating ourselves so that we can put forward the best possible expert for your case. It takes a lot of work and unfortunately sometimes if you don't do the right amount of work, your expert will be stricken and you will lose your case. That has never happened to us in 32 years of doing medical malpractice work.
We'd be happy to talk with you about your malpractice case.