“As with eggs, there is no such thing as a poor doctor; doctors are either good or bad.”
– Russell L. Cecil & Robert F. Leob, Diseases of the Ductless Glands, Textbook of Medicine (9th Ed.), Introduction.
In Missouri, a Plaintiff wishing to file a claim for Medical Malpractice is required under Missouri statute to have a potential expert witness lined up and ready to state that the Defendant doctor was negligent before his/her attorney can take action to file a lawsuit. Without a “legally qualified health care provider” willing to file an affidavit with the court stating:
1) that the medical care Plaintiff received from Defendant doctor failed to live up to the standard of reasonable care for the particular medical procedure or treatment received, and;
2) that the failure to use such reasonable care caused or contributed to cause Plaintiffs injury,
Plaintiffs case will be dismissed by the court far before it ever gets anywhere near a jury.