You're asked by a lawyer to be an expert in a medical malpractice case against another pediatrician. What can you expect? What principles should guide you? I'll give some answers here, from a trial judge's perspective.

First, what can you expert in the experience?

Chances are, as a judge, I'll know about you, but I'll probably never see you. The only time I'll see you is if the case actually goes to trial and you testify in open court — a rarity, since more than 90 percent of all cases — including medical malpractice cases — are settled before trial. But I'll know about you because no medical malpractice case can survive before trial without a medical expert.

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