Maybe not. Live medical testimony is incredibly expensive! But medical testimony CAN be (and usually is) read to the Jury. Doctors, especially experts like Surgeons have to be paid to appear live in Court. They charge $3,000-$5,000 to testify in Court. Many of our clients cannot afford this charge, and unless the case is worth hundreds of thousands or millions of dollars, we may read a report or transcript to the Jury instead of calling the doctor as a “live” witness because our client ends up repaying this cost from the verdict. Expensive testimony can eat-up an entire verdict.
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