Q: I am suffering complications from a spinal surgery that didn't go as well as the surgeon assured me it would.
I have hired a lawyer to sue for medical malpractice but the surgery was very complex. If this goes to trial, is a medical expert going to be required?
A: Yes. The testimony of an expert witness will be necessary to establish a breach of the standard of care neurosurgery requires for a proper outcome. A bad outcome proves little or nothing about whether or not the surgical technique used was wrong. Without an expert opinion your case will likely never get to a jury.
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