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When to Use a Neurosurgeon Expert

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Expert witnesses are a necessary part of many lawsuits. Whether your claims involve medical malpractice, personal injury, workplace disability, or other medical issues, it’s vital to have an experienced medical expert on your side–for the plaintiff or defense. When the case turns on neurological damage, you need assistance from a certified neurosurgeon. Continue reading for a discussion of when you should use a neurosurgeon expert in your practice, and call an effective medical expert witness with any additional questions.

Proving Medical Malpractice

Medical malpractice claims require demonstrating that the defendant medical professional’s actions deviated from acceptable medical standards. Additionally, the plaintiff must show that the defendant’s conduct caused the plaintiff’s injuries. For both elements, it’s essential to have a qualified and persuasive medical expert witness in your corner.

If the defendant was a neurosurgeon or otherwise involved with neurology, a neurosurgeon expert witness can help you conduct a full evaluation of their actions. Your expert can help you evaluate whether a medical malpractice claim may exist. If you have a claim, they can provide expert testimony to demonstrate how the defendant violated their duties to the plaintiff. If you are defending the physician’s actions, your expert can prepare a report proving the defendant’s actions were in line with accepted medical practices.

Proving Causation

A neurosurgeon expert can be an invaluable resource in your personal injury matter, even if the allegations do not concern a medical professional. To prove your case, you’ll need to prove that the defendant’s conduct directly led to your client’s injuries. If the plaintiff was involved in a car accident, for example, you’ll need to prove not only that the plaintiff suffered an injury, but that the car accident directly caused that injury. The same applies if the plaintiff fell, drowned or asphyxiated as a result of the defendant’s actions.

Savvy defense attorneys might try to argue the plaintiff’s injuries were pre-existing, but with help from a qualified neurosurgeon, you can show the injuries originated from or were exacerbated by the defendant’s conduct. Concussions, spinal cord injuries, neurological damage, and other traumatic brain injuries can result from many negligence-based accidents, including:

  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Car, truck, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, and pedestrian accidents
  • Defective products
  • Drowning
  • Premises liability
  • Toxic chemical exposure

Proving the Extent of Damages

In addition to demonstrating that the injury occurred and that it was caused by the defendant’s actions, a plaintiff’s case depends heavily on the amount of damages provable. With help from an experienced neurosurgeon expert witness, you can build a medical profile of the injured party in order to estimate their current medical costs, future medical costs, functional limitations, long-term limitations and ailments, disabilities, and other issues caused by the defendant’s conduct.

The lion’s share of large personal injury awards tends to be anticipated future pain, suffering, emotional distress, and functional limitations. A competent neurosurgeon can examine the plaintiff, review their medical records, and indicate whether they are likely to suffer future problems as a result of their injuries. These problems may include:

  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Sensory impairment
  • Seizures
  • Neurological issues, including memory loss, trouble sleeping, or confusion
  • Emotional and mental disorders including depression, mood changes, and anxiety
  • Pain, weakness, and numbness
  • Functional limitations

If you need an educated, experienced, and effective expert witness in a personal injury, medical malpractice, or product liability case, contact the offices of Neurosurgery MedLegal Services, LLC, at 866-659-8051.

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