Illinois licensed physicians are included in a list of “mandated reporters” who must notify the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) when they have reasonable cause to believe that a child may be abused or neglected. All mandated reporters, including physicians, must now complete DCFS mandated reporter training under a recent amendment to the Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act, effective January 1, 2020.[i]
In cases where the physician is sought as a witness (a non-party to the lawsuit), the law now provides that discovery depositions may be taken only with the doctor’s consent, or pursuant to subpoena issued under court order. Whether you testify at deposition by agreement or by court order, the party issuing the subpoena must pay you a reasonable fee for your time (generally more than normal witness fees).