Three Gastroenterology Expert Sub-Specialties Litigators Should Consider For Medical Malpractice Litigation

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As medicine continues to evolve into more sub-specialized fields, determining the right expert witness for case litigation is getting more difficult. Mednick Associates, a medical expert witness consulting company, outlines 3 areas which litigators can use to evaluate a potential gastroenterology expert witness.

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Many medical malpractice cases may involve an issue outside of the digestive system, but as the issue progresses, the digestive system is affected, leaving a gastroenterology expert to weigh in with a case review and opinion.

Gastroenterology experts, as far as the general public is concerned, are normally associated with heartburn and other “stomach issues.” However, an attorney in need of a gastroenterology expert to testify in a medical malpractice litigation matter may find many uses for a gastroenterology expert, contained in various sub-specialties. Below are three gastroenterology sub-specialties to consider for medical malpractice cases.

1) Beyond the stomach: Gastroenterologists are experts in the entire digestive system and can treat ailments involving the esophagus, intestines, gall bladder, and of course, the stomach. Many medical malpractice cases may involve an issue outside of the digestive system, but as the issue progresses, the digestive system is affected, leaving a gastroenterology expert to weigh in with a case review and opinion.

2) Endoscopy/Colonoscopy: Some gastroenterologists spend an extra year in their residency preparing to become experts in medical scope technology. A gastroenterologist who has gained status as an expert in advanced endoscopy can perform thousands of these procedures over their lifetime in practice. Some medical malpractice cases may involve endoscopy procedures & standards along with follow on biopsy results. These cases may lend themselves to a poor diagnosis of certain cancers where this delay results in a breach in the standard of care. A gastroenterology expert, trained in advanced endoscopy is the best expert to determine the proper standard of care in such cases.

3) Hepatology: An important sub-specialty, especially over the last 50 years, gastroenterology experts have devoted much time and research to understanding the liver, pancreatic and bile function. Hepatologists can also act as surgeons in transplant situations, and are trained as such. This added breadth of expertise allows litigators to increasingly rely on gastroenterology experts for case review opinions and expert testimony.

Mednick Associates is a full service medical legal consulting firm that specializes in medical malpractice, personal injury and mass tort litigation. Their core services include medical expert witness search, screening & recommendation along with a full suite of legal nurse consulting services, including detailed medical chronologies and deposition summaries. For more information on these and other services, please contact 1-888-MEDNICK or view their website at http://www.mednickassociates.com.

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