What Kind Of Experts Are Used In Cases Involving Personal Injury?

It’s important to have good relationships with professionals who can assist in making the best case for a client.

For instance, because personal injury cases so often involve car accidents, we sometimes need an accident reconstruction specialist. This would normally be an engineer.

Medical experts are called on regularly. Sometimes a case may require chiropractic or physiotherapists reports, but generally insurance adjusters want to look at a medical doctor’s report. Often the most important single document in a personal injury claim is the family doctor’s medical-legal report.

Because loss of future earnings can be in issue, an actuarial expert may be called upon to look at the client’s earnings history and calculate a value for the future earnings that have been lost as a result of the injury. An actuarial expert will calculate the present value of the loss of future income, as well as any ongoing cost of care items, such as future prosthetic replacements and prescription drugs.

The past loss of income resulting from an accident injury may be quite straight forward but, for instance in the case of self-employed clients, loss of income can be quite complicated, particularly where there was a new business venture or something of that nature. Because this can be a highly contentious issue, an expert accountant may be required to examine financial records and establish what the income would likely have been, had the client not been injured.

If you, or someone you care about, is dealing with Personal injury law issues in the Vancouver, British Columbia Region, contact Stephens & Holman.

This article is taken from a October 3rd, 2007 interview with Simon Holman, LL.B., Personal Injury Lawyer with Stephens & Holman in Vancouver , a Personal Injury Law Firm.

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