What are the Benefits of Using a Medical Expert in Your Personal Injury Case?
Serious car accidents, slip-and-fall accidents, or other personal injury accidents can leave your clients with thousands of dollars in medical costs, lost wages from missed work, and potentially even permanent changes to their lifestyle. When you file a civil claim for money damages, you have to present your case as convincingly as possible to ensure your client gets the money they need and deserve. Merely describing your client’s injuries and the ways they’ve been impacted isn’t always enough. Learn below how a medical expert can strengthen your claim for money damages after an injury accident.
- A medical expert can help you prove that you have a right to sue. In many states, no-fault car insurance laws bar accident victims from filing a lawsuit after a motor vehicle accident unless they’ve suffered injuries that reach a certain level of severity or permanence. A medical expert can help you prove that the injuries are sufficiently severe or long-lasting to overcome these limits on taking legal action. Even if your state permits all car accident victims to file lawsuits, evidence from a third party can offer powerful support to your own testimony about the injuries. A medical expert will help you prove that your client’s injuries have had a substantial impact on their life and an insurance claim alone would not provide the full compensation they deserve.
- A medical expert will be able to present convincing evidence of the long-term impact of the injuries on your client’s health. Accident victims can and should testify about the pain caused by their injuries and the limits they now face on their day-to-day lives. A medical expert can augment the impact of this testimony by explaining the physiological effects of the types of injuries at hand, and the short- and long-term effects of these kinds of injuries that victims typically experience over the course of their lifetimes. This testimony can be extremely valuable in proving the amount of compensation you’re owed for pain and suffering as well as for lost wages and diminishment in standard of living.
- A medical expert can present evidence of anticipated future medical needs and expenses. Many serious injuries are not only expensive to treat in the immediate aftermath of an accident but also require costly care on an ongoing basis. A medical expert can conduct an assessment of your client’s medical history and present a prognosis to the court describing what types of treatment they’ll need in the future and how much they’ll likely need to pay for that treatment.
Likewise, if you are an insurance company defense lawyer, using a medical expert witness may be necessary to counter the plaintiff’s arguments or conduct an independent assessment of the claimed injuries and money damages demanded.