When you have been injured in an accident and are pursuing a personal injury claim, you will need to present evidence to win your case. Medical experts use their experience and knowledge to give valuable facts and insights to establish the extent of your injuries so that you can get adequate compensation.
It is vital that you choose a personal injury attorney with an excellent network of medical experts that they can call on to assist your case.
What is a medical expert?
A medical expert is a physician who is recognisably qualified to offer his or her professional opinion on a specific area of knowledge.
These specialists assist the courts to assess the extent and cause of injuries and their outcome and effect, or prognosis, and also give advice on the amount of compensation required in matters of personal injury.
In medical malpractice cases, especially where the claimant has been treated by more than one medical practitioner, their testimony is also vital to help assess and allocate responsibility.
What do medical experts take into account?
Using their own assessment of the injured party, and the clinical information in medical reports, medical experts advise on the cause of injury, which can be crucial in arguing negligence.
They also offer an opinion on the following, all of which are important in assessing the value of compensation in a claim:
- The extent of the injury
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of quality of life
- Financial losses due to the impact of the injury on claimant’s employment and earning ability
- Possible requirements for ongoing care and assistance due to the injury, and the cost of such care and assistance.
Why is a medical expert important in my case?
Personal injury claims often hinge on the testimony of medical experts. The defendant’s attorneys will almost always hire their own experts and it is therefore very important that your specialists are qualified to assess and if necessary argue against the defendant’s case. Having medical experts that are familiar and comfortable with court rules and procedures is essential.
A medical expert is able to assess an injury in an impartial way, including aspects and outcomes that the claimant may not be aware of. Their experience and knowledge may even connect apparently unrelated symptoms to the accident.
What about the evidence of the professionals who treated me?
Healthcare practitioners who have treated you clinically cannot offer impartial expert testimony as they have already been involved with your case. They can only participate as witnesses of fact meaning that they can only relay what was reported to them, and the injuries that they saw and treated.
Attorneys and medical experts will certainly use all the reports related to treatment of an injury and this is why it is critical that you keep all the details of any attending healthcare practitioners.
How a personal injury attorney can help
Medical experts that can testify in personal injury cases are highly specialised professionals that are often difficult to access and always expensive. At Elmarié de Vos Inc, we are an experienced personal injury law firm with well-established relationships with a number of leading medical experts with solid court experience.
If we believe that you have good grounds for a case, we will send you to various medical experts for an assessment as soon as possible after you have consulted us.
We work on an contingency basis which means that you do not have to worry about affording your own specialists, payments are made after the case has been settled out of the compensation won in a case.
Contact an expert
If you have been injured and require expert assistance, contact our experienced attorneys today and tell us your story so that we can assess your case.
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The information on these web pages is provided for general information purposes and is not intended to be stand-alone legal advice. Always consult a suitably qualified attorney for individual advice regarding your legal matter.