Medical Expert Witnesses are active licensed physicians in the State of Florida who provide valuable insight into medical negligence cases and help regulate the medical profession. In order to become an expert witness in the State of Florida, an active Florida physician must obtain a Medical Expert Witness Certificate with the Florida Board of Medicine.
Florida licensed physicians have the opportunity to aid in the regulation of the medical profession by becoming a Medical Expert Witness. As an Expert Witness, a physician can help determine whether a Florida licensed medical professional has conformed to proper standards of care in medical negligence cases statewide. By providing written or oral testimony to proper standards of care in various medical specialty areas, Expert Witnesses help to preserve and maintain the integrity of the medical profession.
Physicians who obtain an Expert Witness Certificate with the Board of Medicine and provide pro bono, or volunteer, services such as case review and written opinions can receive Continuing Medical Education (CME) Credits of 5.0 hours per case, for up to 15 hours per license renewal period. For other services, such as deposition and trial services, an Expert Witness can be compensated at a rate of $160.00 per hour. Physicians who wish to be a paid Expert Witness can be compensated at a modest hourly rate for all services provided.
Florida physicians wishing to obtain an Expert Witness Certificate with the Board of Medicine must have a current and active Florida license with no history of disciplinary action, be board certified, and be currently practicing medicine in the State of Florida. The Department currently needs experts in the following specialty areas:
- General Anesthesiology
- Orthopedic Spine Surgery
- Pain Management