A defendant doctor in a medical malpractice suit may be compelled to give an expert opinion about the care provided by the other physicians and medical personnel involved in the case, a State Supreme Court justice in Staten Island has ruled.

Writing in the wake of a jury verdict awarding $54 million to the family of a severely brain damaged baby, Justice Joseph J. Maltese detailed his reasons for allowing the family’s lawyer to compel an anesthesiologist to give his expert opinion as to the quality of care provided by an obstetrician and other members of the medical team involved in a cesarean section.

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