The doctor's have the right to be compensated for their time. This is not a criminal question!
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If you do not want a ticked off doctor getting subpoenaed and losing money by being in court, then you should pay them for their court appearance and/or prep. time.
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I agree with my colleagues. Your doctor needs to be compensated for his time. Further, you will need your doctor's records and testimony at trial for your civil suit. You want him to cooperate.
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You can subpoena the doctor (and pay the subpoena fee) and elicit fact testimony. However, you cannot force a doctor to give expert testimony without paying an expert fee. The rule of thumb is that you never want to have to subpoena your own doctor.
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You can subpoena the doctor without compensating him/her for the time, but you will not have a very cooperative witness. Usually, the doctor is not called but the records are subpoenaed and placed into evidence.
If subpoenaed, the doctor is not required to give any expert opinion testimony ( for example as to the permanency of your injury or the percentage of disability you may have). For that you will need to pay him/her for the expert testimony. Don't be "penny wise and pound foolish". If you subpoena your doctor, you are basically "telegraphing" to the defense that you do no have control of your expert, a sign of weakness in the case.
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I agree with the other asteemed attorneys. I will also add that if the doctor is not available you could see if the other side will stipulate to the medical records and bills. I doubt they would stipulate to it but it is a question.
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You may not be required to pay for their time, as a fact witness, but if you are asking for expert opinion, you would want to pay a fair fee. Have you talked with your lawyer about this?
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