Medical Expert Witnesses Who Spout Garbage

 A medical expert should be an indifferent arbiter for the truth. But, as a hired gun, he assumes the role of second chair to the attorney –  making the case for the plaintiff – as a zealous advocate.

That’s when you are likely to hear garbage spewing forth from the lips of the expert. He’s there to make a buck. He’s there to help the attorney who hired him get a large payday. And if he does his job “well”, he can expect to be a regular on the testifying circuit.

I’m often asked why I have such little faith in the current medico-legal system. I’m also asked doesn’t the system, by and large, get it right?

Well, frequently, it does not get it right. And even if it does, the process is time-consuming, stressful, and associated with substantive collateral damage.

I’m a neurosurgeon who was sued one time for what I perceived to be a frivolous reason. The single expert who testified against me had previously been expelled from our professional specialty society for delivering frivolous testimony. Yet, there he was, on the circuit, testifying against other neurosurgeons. In my case, he had neither seen nor performed the case at issue.

The case was dropped a few weeks before trial. I never felt as if I won anything. Just lost less.

I started Medical Justice in 2002 to level the playing field. Thousands of your fellow physicians have joined the organization. One of the many benefits is providing the funds and methodology for filing countersuits or counterclaims against meritless malpractice lawsuits. Who hasn’t wanted to countersue a lawyer who propelled a frivolous case?

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CEO & Founder

Jeffrey Segal, MD, JD, FACS

At any moment, there are up to 60,000 open medical malpractice cases – though four out of five are deemed to have no merit.

Dr. Jeffrey Segal, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Medical Justice, is a board-certified neurosurgeon. In the process of conceiving, funding, developing, and growing Medical Justice, Dr. Segal has established himself as one of the country’s leading authorities on medical malpractice issues, counterclaims, and internet-based assaults on reputation.

In 2000, he co-founded and served as CEO of DarPharma, Inc, a biotechnology company in Chapel Hill, NC, focused on the discovery and development of first-of-class pharmaceuticals for neuropsychiatric disorders.



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Approximately 85% of intent-to-sue notifications that Medical Justice members face are dismissed before escalating to lawsuit status.*

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At any moment, there are up to 60,000 open medical malpractice cases – though four out of five are deemed to have no merit.

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Mike Ritter, MD, Emergency Medicine, CA

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