Medical specialists play a significant and much-regarded role in presenting an experienced “reality check” in personal injury cases involving chronic pain, injury or disabilities. Specialists in the field relative to the injury which has occurred can give a detailed analysis of what the victim is currently experiencing, mentally and physically, as a result of the accident, and what that person faces down the road. An experienced personal injury lawyer will consult with medical professionals as soon as possible as medical intervention may be necessary to determine the extent of a person’s illness or injury, and to later be able to prove such in court. Early medical intervention in cases involving fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome can aid in the long-term recovery.
We are often asked if we can call upon a family doctor as an expert witness. Although a family doctor may know a person’s medical history, rarely are family doctors trained in specialty matters such as chronic pain or chronic fatigue. Much is at stake when proving cases of chronic pain and the need for compensation for medical and rehabilitation costs and recovery of lost income. Personal injury and disability lawyers rely on expert testimony and the diagnoses and prognosis of medical specialists to offer an objective opinion and to help establish a strong case for their clients. Depending on the case, specialists from a wide variety of fields may be called upon including occupational physicians, psychologists, orthopaedic surgeons, physiatrists, neurologists, rheumatologists and other health care practitioners. In the case of fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue, when the pain is not visible on X-rays or to the human eye, medical experts play a vital role in supporting the claims of the victim.
The lawyers at Futerman Partners LLP have over 30 years of experience successfully handling personal injury cases and work with highly respected medical specialists in a variety of fields. Call us today for a free initial, no-obligation consultation. 416-925-4100.