An important cause of conflict between the medical and legal professions is the nonpayment of fees for the services of a physician as a medical witness or as an expert medical evaluator.
A great bulk of court cases involve personal injury claims, with an additional flood of Workmen's Compensation claims. In each instance, expert medical evaluation is absolutely essential for the proper disposition of the case. The physician who performs services as a medical evaluator or as a medical witness is entitled to compensation. The party for whom these services are performed has the primary responsibility for paying for such services. The American Bar Association has approved the ethics of having an attorney advance payment of fees for medical services which are subject to reimbursement by his client. If a physician knows by personal experience or general reputation that a particular attorney is apt to avoid payment he should insist
Payment of Fees for Medical Witnesses. Arch Otolaryngol. 1968;87(1):108. doi:10.1001/archotol.1968.00760060110021
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