Choosing an Expert Medical Witness for a Brain Injury Case
Your head may strike the steering wheel or dashboard during a car accident. Your head may strike the floor when you slip and fall in a grocery store. Your child may suffer a brain injury during delivery. You may suffer a brain injury during surgery. You can file a lawsuit against the other driver, the doctor who delivered your child, or the doctor who performed the surgery. A key to winning your case is choosing the right expert medical witness.
Causes of Brain Injuries
You can suffer a brain injury in a traffic accident, as the result of a slip or trip on a hazard, or because a doctor or other health care provider makes an error during a medical procedure. What causes the brain injury?
- When you receive a blow, bump, or jolt to your head, your brain may collide with your skull. The closed head injury may cause a traumatic brain injury (TBI). A concussion is a mild type of TBI, but other forms are more serious and can result in a coma or death.
- If an object pierces your skull, it could enter and injure your brain.
- An error during surgery or a medical procedure can cause you to be deprived of oxygen. Within minutes, your brain cells start to die. The longer you are deprived of oxygen, the more severe the damage to your brain. Irreversible brain damage or death can result.
If you suffer brain damage, your lawyer will need to obtain an expert witness to prove medical causation. The expert can demonstrate how the blow to the head impacted your cognitive abilities. A medical malpractice expert can review your medical record to determine what happened to cause your oxygen supply to be cut off.
In a medical malpractice case, your lawyer must prove the standard of care in the medical community applicable to your case. You'll need an expert from the medical field relevant to your situation. For example, if your child was born with a brain injury, you'll need an ob-gyn. The expert will explain how the doctor failed to meet the standard of care and how the doctor's failure to meet the standard of care caused your injury. The medical malpractice expert will know the proper terminology to use to convince a judge or jury of the merits of your case.
If you suffer a TBI in a traffic accident or a fall, you may not experience symptoms immediately. It may be days, months, or years before you start to experience headaches, memory loss, or difficulty with coordination. An expert witness can link your symptoms to the accident and explain why your symptoms did not manifest themselves immediately. The expert can connect your symptoms to the blow or jolt to your head in an accident.
Your expert witness will be critical in helping your lawyer prove damages. The expert can explain the injury and its cause, as well as the medical and psychological assistance you'll need. In your lawsuit, you can recover for pain and suffering as well as your mental anxiety. The expert can explain the types of problems you'll encounter and the care you'll need.
Reliable Clinical Experts offers a free consultation to decide which medical expert witness you need to review your case. The expert will determine if you have a case, help you prepare your case, and appear in court if needed. Call to get an expert on your case.