Hiring a Medical Expert for Your Personal Injury Claim
The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics states that two-thirds of all trials include some facet of personal injury. That means that these specific types of tort claims total approximately 400,000 yearly in the United States. When stakes are so high, hiring a medical expert to testify to your personal injury can demonstrate to a judge or jury that you have a strong personal injury case and deserve compensation due to someone else’s negligence.
Medical Expert Witness
In the legal community, an expert witness is, “…a witness who has knowledge beyond that of the ordinary layperson enabling him/her to give testimony regarding an issue that requires expertise to understand.”
Medical experts provide testimony regarding any of the following issues:
- Nature and severity of the injury sustained
- Level of medical care received
- Projected future costs associated with the personal injury
- Projected decrease in earning capacity due to the personal injury
- Projected impact on work/life expectancy
- Protected permanent or temporary disability
Reasons to Hire a Medical Expert
There are several reasons it is advantageous to hire a medical expert to testify regarding your personal injury claim, including the following:
A medical expert has the specific professional knowledge to interpret the medical care given and the trauma suffered due to a personal injury.
2. Review of Evidence
A medical expert will review evidence for the accuracy and establish a neutral and experienced reference for the judge and/or jury.
3. Accuracy of Medical Treatment
A medical expert decides if the medical treatment received by you for your personal injury was appropriate and within an acceptable standard of care.
4. Potential Future Medical Treatment
Your injuries may be severe enough to require medical treatment in the future. A medical expert gives sworn testimony that reviews both the current injury and prior treatment, as well as the potential for future treatment that will be necessary.
If an accident is serious enough, there may be a need for long term care for a disability or other medical treatment indefinitely.
With the presence of a medical professional, the other side knows that you have a credible witness that is an expert in his/her field. The expertise that they bring to your side that proves that your injury that was sustained was severe enough to need medical treatment, and possible future medical treatment strengthens your case. It is possible that the opposing side may settle prior to trial simply because they know that there is an expert witness to testify to your medical injuries.
Let Us Help You Today
Contacting an attorney immediately after an accident or even causing a personal injury will help you understand your rights. If you have been injured due to the negligence of another, we can help you find a medical expert to strengthen your case and testify to your personal injury. Schedule a free initial consultation with the personal injury attorneys at the O’Donnell Law Offices , serving clients in Kingston, Wilkes Barre, Hazleton and Pittston, at 570-821-5717 or online today. There is no fee or costs until we win your case.