Non-Physician vs. Physician: Cross-Disciplinary Expert Testimony in Medical Negligence Litigation—Who Knows the Standard of Care?

104 Pages Posted: 13 Sep 2018

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Marc Ginsberg

UIC -- John Marshall Law School

Date Written: August 16, 2018

Abstract

This paper explores whether non-physician health professionals should be permitted to testify in medical negligence litigation regarding the medical standard of care applicable to physician-defendants. Can non-physician health professionals acquire the knowledge necessary to know and appreciate the standard of care despite the lack of classical medical education and medical degrees? Is it relevant that a significant amount of health care is provided by non-physicians, such as nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and nurse anesthetists? Other non-physicians work with and may assist in the training of physicians. Are they able to know the medical standard of care? These timely topics will be discussed.

Keywords: Torts, Negligence, Evidence, Law & Medicine, Medical-Legal, Medicine

Suggested Citation

Ginsberg, Marc, Non-Physician vs. Physician: Cross-Disciplinary Expert Testimony in Medical Negligence Litigation—Who Knows the Standard of Care? (August 16, 2018). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3244579 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3244579

Marc Ginsberg (Contact Author)

UIC -- John Marshall Law School ( email )

315 South Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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