When it comes to personal injury claims, medical experts, often referred to as ‘medicolegal experts’,  play a vital role in determining the extent of the injuries sustained by the victim and the impact they will have on their life. Their expertise is used to help establish liability, calculate damages, and determine the appropriate level of compensation for the victim. They also help with causation, diagnose current condition and give a prognosis. Once we have their opinion we can use their evidence to value the amount compensation someone is entitled to. Here at Hubbard Pegman & Whitney LLP in Hammersmith, our vast experience in personal injury cases has allowed us to develop an ever growing network of medical experts, allowing us to cater for the individual needs of each client.

Why do we use Medical Experts? 

Medical experts are usually called upon to provide independent medical assessments of the victim’s injuries. They can help to establish the severity of the injury, the extent of any ongoing medical treatment required, and the potential long-term effects on the victim’s health.

Medical experts can also provide valuable insight into the victim’s ability to return to work or carry out their usual activities. They may assess the physical limitations imposed by the injury and recommend any necessary modifications to the victim’s home or workplace to accommodate their needs.

In addition to providing independent medical assessments, medical experts can also provide expert witness testimony in court. Their testimony can be used to help establish the cause of the injury, the extent of the damage caused, and the potential long-term effects on the victim’s health. Medical experts are completely unbiased and are used to serve the Court. Therefore their reports must comply with the requirements of Civil Procedure Rules.

Medical experts can be called upon to provide evidence in a range of personal injury claims, including those arising from road traffic accidents, workplace accidents, medical negligence, and slips and falls. In cases where liability is disputed, medical experts can play a crucial role in establishing who is at fault for the injury. For example, in a road traffic accident, a medical expert may be called upon to provide evidence that the victim’s injuries were caused by the other driver’s negligence, rather than any pre-existing conditions. Similarly, in cases of medical negligence, medical experts can help to establish whether the treatment received by the victim fell below the standard of care expected of a reasonable medical practitioner.

At Hubbard Pegman & Whitney we ensure our clients not only receive an unbiased report but also receive the treatment and guidance needed to help them move beyond their injuries. We aim to help our clients receive the appropriate medical attention required to improve their chances of rebuilding their careers in the future and ensure they are not held back by their injury.

How do Medical Experts ensure you receive the compensation you deserve?

When it comes to calculating damages, medical experts can provide valuable information on the ongoing costs of medical treatment, rehabilitation, and any necessary modifications to the victim’s home or workplace. They may also provide evidence of any lost earnings as a result of the injury, as well as any future loss of earnings if the victim is unable to return to work.

In some cases, medical experts may also be called upon to provide evidence of the victim’s pain and suffering. This can be particularly important in cases where the injury is not visible or where the victim’s pain and suffering may not be immediately apparent. In cases involving employer’s liability, where poor management has led to work related-stress for example, the damage may not be as clear as a work related accident which has caused physical damage. Psychiatric experts can provide expert reports in this regard.

Overall, medical experts play a crucial role in personal injury claims. Their expertise is used to help establish liability, calculate damages, and determine the appropriate level of compensation for the victim. By providing independent medical assessments and expert witness testimony, they can help to ensure that victims receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries and the impact they have on their life.

If you would like to speak to Melanie Neale who is the head of our personal injury department then please call her on 0208 735 9774 or email mn@hpwsolicitors.co.uk


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