This is the next post in our series on Rochester, Minnesota motorcycle accident * cases. Our last article discussed how damages are calculated in a motorcycle accident. A victim may be entitled to compensation for past and future medical costs as well as past and future lost earnings, and for pain and suffering. We recommend that you retain a personal injury lawyer who is experienced in presenting such matters to a jury. In this article we will discuss the role of experts in these types of cases. If you require assistance, contact our office today to speak with an attorney.
Medical and vocational experts will offer their opinions in a Rochester motorcycle accident case
As we discussed in our last article, a medical expert offers evidence about a victim’s long-term prognosis. The medical professional does not simply rely on the notes and records of the treating physician. Instead, the expert typically performs an Independent Medical Exam (IME). A report is issued that gives the professional’s opinion as to how well the victim can recover, the amount of treatment and number of procedures needed to reach that recovery, and the total cost of expected care and medications. The defense expert typically performs his or her own medical exam on the victim and issues a report, as well. Should the matter go to trial, each of these experts are likely to testify.
Vocational and/or economic experts determine how the accident has impacted a victim’s ability to earn a living. These professionals establish whether the victim is able to return to a former job or line of work. If the victim is not able to return to a former profession, the experts ascertain what work, if any, the injured person can perform. Once the experts have made their determinations, they issue a report stating how the accident has impacted the victim’s earning potential. Again, the defense has the opportunity to retain and present their own experts.
Dealing with experts can be one of the more complicated aspects of a Rochester motorcycle accident case. It is vital that you retain an attorney with experience in dealing with such professionals.
Rochester injury victims should retain a firm with the financial resources necessary to hire experts
A personal injury lawyer typically fronts the costs associated with expert witnesses, and we strongly recommend you seek a firm willing to do so. Depending on the nature of the case, experts could cost thousands of dollars to hire. Retain a firm with significant financial resources to help ensure that your case is handled properly.
Our Rochester motorcycle accident attorneys have recovered more than $125 million on behalf of victims and our firm has the resources to retain any necessary experts. Contact us today for assistance.
We also serve the following southeast Minnesota cities: Red Wing, Winona, Mankato, Austin, Albert Lea, and Owatonna, as well as the cities of Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, and Bloomington. We also serve the Iowa cities of Mason City, Charles City, Osage, Spencer, Garner, Forest City, and Northwood and the Wisconsin cities of La Crosse, Onalaska, Sparta, Viroqua, River Falls, Ellsworth, Whitehall, and Black River Falls.
*A note about language:
Federal agencies involved in traffic safety have banned use of the word “accident” for more than 20 years, and with good reason. However, we use the word “accident” on our website, even though we know it has implications that run contrary to our professional thinking and training, because we recognize that “accident” is the word most commonly used in online searches when people are looking for help after being injured in a crash. If you’d like more information about this topic, please see our blog, “Car Accident or Car Crash?”