Medical evidence in car accident lawsuits

Car accident victims in New York and around the country are generally required to prove two key elements when they pursue civil remedies. They must establish that the accident was the fault of the defendant, and they must also prove that they suffered injury, loss or damage as a result. The damages awarded in car accident lawsuits are largely based on the severity of the injuries suffered by the plaintiff, and detailed records of expenses like medical bills and lost wages are often used to help juries better understand the financial costs of these injuries.

In addition to financial documentation, car accident victims should also gather as much information as they can about their injuries and what caused them. Police reports may contain the observations of the first responders involved, and they could also provide accident victims or their attorneys with crucial eyewitness accounts of the crash. Most modern cellphones feature sophisticated cameras, which can be used by accident victims to capture images or video footage of the crash scene as well as the injuries suffered by those involved.

Medical records can also be important during arguments about liability in motor vehicle accident cases. The defendants in these cases may argue that plaintiffs are exaggerating the extent of their injuries or suffering from some sort of preexisting condition. However, detailed records of hospital visits, medical tests and prescribed medications could be used to counter these claims.

The medical evidence submitted in car accident lawsuits is often quite complex, and juries can sometimes be confused by the terminology used by doctors and specialists. In situations like this, experienced personal injury attorneys may call upon experts familiar with civil trials to explain to juries in simple language how their clients have suffered due to the reckless actions of others. Attorneys could also seek to elicit empathy from jurors by drawing attention to the physical and financial struggles their clients face on a daily basis.

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