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Do Defense Witnesses Lie or Misrepresent on the Stand?

Yes. Defense medical experts are hired by the defendant’s attorney and insurance company to render an opinion regarding your injuries, once the case is in suit. It is your lawyer’s job to uncover those misrepresentations. Defense doctors may claim to be experts in some specialty or profess to have a formal medical degree or specialized training when in fact they don’t. How prevalent is it? It’s not an epidemic in defense medical experts, but it does occur with some frequency. The internet certainly provides certain tools to weed out theses misrepresentations, but the inquiry does not stop there. Your lawyer should have access to his or her local trial bar materials on experts, and should be able to cull through those documents, for instance prior deposition testimony, to pin the defense expert in flat out lies, for instance in relation to his or her medical training. In addition the amount the expert gets paid annually by a particular defense firm or insurance company is discoverable information in Pennsylvania, and can go a long way to showing the jury that the defense medical expert is biased in favor of the insurance company. The defense is ultimately paying not only his bill, to provide an opinion in court in the case against you, but essentially is also paying the defense expert’s annual salary. This can be very good ammunition at trial if used effectively.

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