When you are hurt in a motor vehicle collision with a drunk, distracted, or reckless driver, you have the right to pursue compensation for your damages. You can include both direct and indirect costs incurred as a result of the incident in the settlement calculations.
In cases involving debilitating or lasting injuries, determining such costs can be challenging. You must take into account not only past hospital bills but also future medical expenses. This is where a medical expert witness or life care planner may be able to help.
A medical expert witness is a qualified professional who has experience treating or managing the kinds of injuries that you sustained. Such a witness can speak on the expected duration and extent of your recovery, as well as the kinds and cost of care you may need in the future.
If you were involved in a catastrophic crash that was not your fault but you are not sure how to gather testimony from expert witnesses, turn to the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. Mr. Fusner has 40 years of experience as a practicing lawyer. Call 615-251-0005 or 800-427-8960 to schedule a free case evaluation with an a crash lawyer in Nashville.
What Is the Role of a Medical Expert Witness after a Car Crash?
At the end of the day, a medical expert witness aims to provide testimony that quantifies the extent of bodily injury—and any subsequent damages—the claimant has incurred. For example, the specialist might talk about various treatment modalities that can be effective at addressing the injuries in question to justify including their costs in the settlement calculations.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, expert witnesses have a lot more latitude when testifying than eyewitnesses do. While eyewitnesses may only address what they actually saw on the scene, expert witnesses are encouraged to provide their professional opinion regarding various aspects of the incident’s aftermath.
Insurance adjusters, judges, and jurors may not have the medical expertise to understand the full extent of a claimant’s injuries. Thus, they are unlikely to arrive at a fair settlement amount.
A seasoned medical expert witness will know how to discuss a case in terms that anyone can understand, which will ultimately help the accident victim secure the compensation he or she deserves. There are some restrictions on expert witness testimony, though, and it is important important to keep these in mind if your case is especially complicated or spans multiple jurisdictions.
For example, the admissibility of expert witness testimony varies from state to state. Thus, testimony that is admissible in some state courts may not be admissible in others or in federal court and vice versa.
If you are recovering from serious injuries that you sustained because of someone else’s reckless behavior, contact the Law Office of George R. Fusner Jr. today. If you have grounds for a claim, George R. Fusner Jr. can gather witness testimony on your behalf so you can focus on recovering.
Call 615-251-0005 or 800-427-8960 to schedule a free consultation with an crash lawyer in Nashville. You can learn more about collision claims in Tennessee by visiting USAttorneys.com.