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How a Neurologist’s Expert Testimony Can Help Convey the Extent of Your Injuries Following a Truck Accident
An injury suffered in a trucking accident is typically much more severe than one sustained in an automobile accident, for the simple reason that an 18-wheeler is much larger and thus delivers a more devastating impact. Many times, these kinds of injuries can do catastrophic damage to a person’s central nervous system and specifically spinal cord injuries are, unfortunately, all too common in this type of accident.
If you suffered this sort of injury in your trucking accident, then you may need the help of an expert witness who specializes in neurology – a branch of medicine that deals with nervous system disorders – in order to convince a jury of the severity of that injury. And your medical expert witness will have to have impeccable credentials in order to make the most convincing argument possible on your behalf. At Our Law Office, we work on a regular basis with some of the most highly regarded neurologists in the state of Texas. We can call on one of these professionals to help sway a jury as to the severity of your injury and help you secure equitable restitution. To learn more, please call us at.
What is Neurology?
Again, neurology treats disorders of the central nervous system. These disorders chiefly affect the brain, brain stem and cerebellum as well as the nerves in the spine. Some conditions regarded as neurological diseases include depression and dementia. To clarify, a physician who practices neurology is called a neurologist. A doctor who performs brain surgery is called a neurosurgeon.
Neurologists are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of problems affecting the nerves, spinal cord and brain. Typically, they perform neurological tests of the nerves in the head and neck, reflexes, balance, muscle strength and movement, and cognitive abilities such as memory, language, speech and sensation.
In order to become a neurologist, a person has to meet the following requirements:
Four years of premedical education at a university or college.
Four years of medical school, culminating in the acquisition of either an MD (doctor of medicine) or DO (doctor of osteopathy) degree.
A one-year internship in internal medicine.
A minimum of three years worth of training in a neurology residency program that is accredited.
What a Neurologist Expert Witness Does
A neurologist medical expert witness – or any medical expert witness, for that matter – exists to help the people involved in a case – attorneys, plaintiffs, defendants, jury members, etc. – to understand complex medical evidence. The court relies on the testimony of a medical expert witness to determine the medical facts in a case.
When a neurologist acts as an expert witness, he or she will look at all pertinent medical records, analyze the effect the injury has had on your quality of life, and help your attorney assess the damages, or financial losses, that you have incurred as the result of the accident that resulted in your injury.
The medical expert testifying on your behalf will assess your prognosis for improvement and provide an opinion as to whether or not your condition will improve sufficiently to the point that you can return to work. He or she will establish the impact of your injury on the quality of your day-to-day life, as well as the duration and extent of any disabling condition you may have. The neurologist medical expert will provide a report your attorney will use as evidence when arguing the amount of compensation that you should receive for the injury you have sustained.
Although the expert neurologist witness will be testifying on your behalf, it is still incumbent upon him or her to provide objective evidence to the court. This obligation overrides any duty he or she may have to you and your attorney.
The impact that an expert neurologist medical witness has on your case will be greatly affected by his or her medical qualifications. In order to maximize a jury’s confidence in the testimony delivered by that expert witness, he or she has to have significant professional credentials. Otherwise, you will run the very high risk a jury will not attach the required amount of credibility to your witness, and your case could be in serious jeopardy. The defendant, in an attempt to avoid as much liability as possible, will probably have its own neurologist expert witness who will be trying to convince the jury your injury is not as severe as you are claiming. Your case will probably simply boil down to which expert the jury finds the most credible.
Again, the attorneys with Our Law Office only call upon expert neurologist medical witnesses with the most impressive credentials, and who are held in the highest esteem by their colleagues. By limiting our involvement to only the top echelon of neurologists, we will give you the best chance to make the most convincing argument possible to a jury. Please call us for a confidential and free consultation in regard to the accident in which you were involved and the injury you sustained. After listening to the specific circumstances surrounding your case, we will let you know how we may be able to help.