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After a Personal Injury, how you will recover your compensation?

Arsad Ali
After a Personal Injury, how you will recover your compensation?

After a personal injury, there have many ways to compensate. When accidents happen, one of the first steps you need to take in the aftermath is to get medical care immediately. Many potentially debilitating and even life threatening conditions have symptoms that can take days or even weeks to appear. Not getting the treatment you need could put your health at risk. It can also impact your rights in a personal injury claim. 


At Shapiro & Appleton, our VA and NC personal injury attorneys are dedicated to helping clients who have suffered injuries as a result of the reckless and negligent actions of others. Medical evidence, such as reports and records documenting diagnostic testing, treatment, and follow-up care, plays an important role in filing a claim. In order to use this type of evidence in a personal injury lawsuit, your doctor is required to verbally testify about whatever is presented in the report. Typed or videotaped depositions of medical witnesses are crucial in defending your rights to compensation. 

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Depositions In The Discovery Portion Of A Personal Injury Claim

Once a lawsuit is filed, the discovery process begins. The goal is to uncover important information, facts, and evidence about the case, which will eventually be presented before a judge and jury. A deposition is one of the tools personal injury attorneys use during this process. Depositions involve: 



Under civil court rules In Virginia, North Carolina, and most states, a doctor’s medical reports cannot be submitted in court without testimony in support of their opinions. This means that although you may have statements from your doctor, copies of your medical history, and a clear understanding of any reports, your doctor must testify before a jury through a typed or videotaped deposition in order for it to be counted as evidence. Important information jurors need to hear that will be addressed in deposition questions include: 


  • Your medical diagnosis;
  • The recommended course of treatment;
  • The current impact of your injuries;
  • Your prognosis for recovery;
  • Any lingering disabilities or medical issues you are likely to suffer;
  • Any ongoing treatment that may be required. 

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also recommends medical testimony for use in revealing information about how your accident occurred and who was to blame. For example, in a rear end car accident, severe whiplash injuries may be a clear indicator that the other driver was speeding in the moments prior to impact. 


Objections To Medical Witness Testimony


At Shapiro & Appleton, our personal injury attorneys will use medical witness testimony in the form of typed or videotaped depositions to build a strong case for awarding you the maximum amount in damages. However, it is important to be aware that opposing counsel may object to this evidence or use their own medical experts as a means of fighting your claim. Strategies they may employ include: 



Get Our VA and NC Personal Injury Attorneys On Your Side

Personal injuries can impact your health and financial security for years into the future. At Shapiro & Appleton, we are dedicated to helping you get the maximum amount you are entitled to in a settlement. Call or contact our personal injury attorneys online to serve clients throughout VA and NC areas and request a consultation today. 

To learn more details visit our website https://www.hsinjurylaw.com/

Arsad Ali
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