Role of a Medical Expert Witness in Car Accident Claims
In personal injury cases involving severe or lasting injuries, a medical expert witness can provide valuable testimony that may help victims recover the compensation they need to afford treatment. Finding a medical expert witness might sound challenging, but it can be easy if you hire the right attorney.
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What Can a Medical Expert Witness Do for You after a Car Accident?
If your injuries are going to prevent you from working for an extended period of time—or from returning to work altogether—there is a considerable amount of money at stake. Thus, it is important to do everything in your power to build a strong personal injury claim, and that likely includes consulting with a medical expert witness.
Read on to learn about just a few ways such a witness can help you following a car accident:
- Confirm the Necessity of Past and Present Care
Most injuries have multiple treatment modalities, which is good because what works for one patient may not necessarily work for someone else. For example, according to the Mayo Clinic, effective approaches for treating whiplash include everything from muscle relaxants and prescription painkillers to physical therapy and acupuncture.
Unfortunately, having so many options for combatting a single condition can have certain drawbacks. Some people might have to try several modalities before they find something that works for them, and each failed approach only extends their discomfort. It also increases the overall cost of treatment.
If the insurance adjuster will only cover some treatments but not others, a medical expert witness can step in on behalf of the claimant. After reviewing the patient’s records and recovery progress, the specialist can verify the necessity of all past approaches, as well as any current interventions.
- Calculate the Lifetime Costs of the Injury
Conditions that cause permanent damage, have lasting repercussions, or will get worse and not better with time may require all kinds of medical care in the future. A specialist can help the claimant calculate the theoretical costs of all potential care to ensure he or she does not accept a settlement that will not cover the full extent of the damages.
If you were hurt in an accident and want to build a strong claim with the help of a medical expert witness, contact Jeffrey E. Estes & Associates today. Call 855-290-8080 to schedule a free consultation with an injury lawyer in San Diego. You can learn more about car crash claims in California by visiting the USAttorneys website.