This plaintiff’s hired gun blew up in their faces:
Testifying for the plaintiff was Dr. Chadwick Smith, professor of arthritic surgery at the University of Southern California and a world-renowned practitioner and expert in orthopedic surgery.
“The standard of care was not met,” Dr. Smith had said under oath “This patient is much worse after the operation.”
Dr. Smith testified in court under questioning from Fitzgibbons that he had been paid $5,000 to testify as an expert witness for a half day at the trial Friday morning. Dr. Smith also admitted to never having visited with Mooney as a patient or having read Dr. Clark’s deposition. And, while terming the operation Dr. Clark performed on Mooney as “outdated”, Dr. Clark also admitted the procedure was still being performed by surgeons.