You sued your doctor.
He was careless and caused you significant harm.
Your doctor says he did nothing wrong.
He also says you contributed to your own injuries.
Your medical expert says your doctor is lying.
He says there's no possible way.
You believe you have a strong case.
The defense refuses to negotiate.
That means a jury will decide if you are more likely right than wrong.
A jury will reach a verdict on your case.
During trial your doctor lied on the witness stand.
During trial your doctor contradicted a few things he said years earlier during his pretrial testimony.
Your doctor tried to explain those away.
"I must have forgot that one..."
"I didn't remember saying that..."
"I didn't say that..."
You swore on the witness stand what your doctor said to you.
It was the absolute truth.
You remember it as if it were yesterday.
Your doctor denies he said that.
A clear contradiction.
The doctor lied multiple times.
You don't believe him.
Your attorney doesn't believe him.
Can your attorney call your doctor a liar?
Sure he could.
Would he gain any points for doing so?
Maybe the jury alreay knows this.
Maybe calling him a liar would be over-the-top obvious.
It might be 'beating a dead horse'.
That's a simple phrase for showing that you've made your point, now move on.
You may want your lawyer to repeatedly show the jury that your doctor is a liar.
That may overdo it.
Then again, it may not.
The jury might appreciate someone finally saying it in the open.
An attorney walks a fine line when deciding whether to call an educated doctor a liar.
The facts have to fit.
The testimony has to fit.
The emotions have to fit.
It's a tactical decision.
Sometimes it's a decision made on the fly.
It just feels right.
Other times it doesn't.
Remember when Donald Trump during the campaign kept calling Ted Cruz 'Lying Ted'?
Remember when Trump kept calling Hillary 'Crooked Hillary'?
Everyone was astounded when he did this.
Then, after a while, a remarkable thing happened.
They were nasty slogans.
But in his case, they stuck.
Maybe it would.
Then again, maybe it won't.
If you have exposed your doctor's lies and his inconsistencies and the mood is right, then maybe it would be appropriate to call your doctor a liar.
On the other hand, it's often better to let the jury reach their own conclusions.
A jury's work is much more rewarding and powerful when you point out all the discrepancies and show them there's only one conclusion they can reach.
What do you think?
Should an attorney call your doctor a liar?