Cross Examining IME Doctor on Bias
On our personal injury lawyer help page, I added today a recent videotape trial direct examination and cross examination of defendant's "independent" medical doctor. The focus of the exam is financial bias. Studies of jurors increasingly are demonstrating that juries do not like doctors who are paid ridiculous amounts of money to testify or doctors whose entire income comes from insurance companies. My partner, Laura Zois, did an excellent job cross examining this expert who clearly earns a living not providing care and treatment for patients but by providing expert opinions and testimony for insurance companies. There is nothing inherently wrong about this but jurors in Maryland are skeptical of opinions from these doctors, particularly when they contradict the treating doctor's opinions.