Will My Doctor Have To Testify In My Personal Injury Case?
If you’ve been seriously injured in an accident, you may have to undergo extensive medical treatment in order to recover from your injuries. Your medical bills may end up totaling more than $100,000. If the insurance company that represents the careless individual that injured you refuses to fairly compensate you for your injuries, you may have to file a lawsuit and take your case to trial.
At trial, the insurance company’s defense lawyers will try to persuade the jury that your injuries were caused by some factor(s) other than the subject incident. For instance, they might suggest that your injuries were pre-existing. They might argue that you were slightly injured by the subject incident, but you didn’t follow your doctor’s orders and your injuries worsened, as a result. In some cases, the defense lawyers even accuse you of faking your injuries.
When the insurance defense lawyers use those dirty tactics to harm your case, the jury will want to hear testimony from the doctor that treated your injuries. If your doctor can establish that your injuries were caused by the subject incident, the jury will understand that the defense lawyers’ excuses were made in bad faith in an attempt to deny you fair compensation for your losses.
If you’ve been injured in an accident, you should contact the Atlanta accident attorneys at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC. We will acquire all of your medical records, review them, and then secure testimony from the doctor that is most knowledgeable about your injuries and your medical treatment. That way, if your case goes to trial, you will be in a much better position to overcome the lies that the defense lawyers will make about the cause of your injuries.
What Happens If The Insurance Company Hires Its Own Medical Doctor To Testify?
If your doctor credibly explains that your injuries were caused by the subject incident, the defense lawyer will try to defeat your case in one final desperate attempt – the lawyer will hire a paid doctor to challenge your doctor’s opinions. The defense lawyers will pay that doctor thousands of dollars to give an opinion that the incident didn’t cause your injuries.
In most cases, the defense’s paid doctor will never have examined you. He will only have reviewed some of your medical records. He won’t even know what you look like. The paid doctor will say whatever the defense lawyers pay him to say – if he didn’t, they wouldn’t ever hire him!
Fortunately, your lawyer has the opportunity to cross-examine the defense’s paid doctor. Some injury lawyers find that task daunting because the doctor usually has a long list of credentials and he’s testified in many other trials. At Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC, we are thrilled by the opportunity to cross-examine the defense lawyer’s paid doctor. We know that if we carefully prepare for that moment, we can establish one or more of the following: 1) that the paid doctor is a liar; 2) that the paid doctor doesn’t know what he’s talking about; or, 3) that the paid doctor has taken extreme positions because has no compassion for suffering victims. In many cases, the paid doctors actually have to agree with most of the opinions our client’s treating doctor has made because he knows that if he disagrees with the treating doctor, he will look silly.
It Is Important That Your Doctor Is A Patient Advocate
Most doctors are good people that care deeply for the well-being of their patients. Unfortunately, not all doctors are created equally. Some doctors – like the ones that the insurance defense lawyers hire – only care about making money. They won’t return your phone calls if you have questions and they won’t agree to speak with your attorney unless your attorney pays them thousands of dollars.
It is very important that you find a medical doctor that is a patient advocate. A patient advocate doctor always puts his or her patients first. He or she will promptly return your phone calls and speak with your attorney if there are complicated questions that you’re not comfortable handling on your own. A patient advocate doctor isn’t afraid of insurance defense lawyers that try to get him to blame you for your injuries.
Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC Can Help
When you or a loved one is injured in a traumatic accident, you deserve to receive the very best medical care. It’s equally important that you are treated by an empathetic doctor that always puts his or her patients first. If you’re concerned that your doctor is not a patient advocate, our legal team at Allen & Scofield Injury Lawyers, LLC can help you find a doctor that that’s a better fit for your needs.