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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Concordia University School of Law

Thursday, December 9, 2004

Medical Expert Witness Banned For Life from Georgia Court

No one can remember this ever happening before, but it's happened in the courtroom of Fulton County (Ga.) State Court Judge Craig L. Schwall Sr. -- an expert witness in a med mal case has been barred for life from testifying in that court.  According to a story in the Dec. 13 issue of American Medical News, the witness was banned on the ground that "the testimony the physician gave was 'conflicting, lacking in credibility and apparently untruthful.'"  The basis for the court's order appears to be three expert affidavits, two depositions, and one or more errata sheets, some of which took inconsistent positions on the key issue of whether the negligence of the hospital's nurses caused the plaintiff's injuries.

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