The injury lawyer retains personal injury experts. They focus their opinions on heads of damages (losses for which compensation can be legally claimed in your case). You may be able to claim some or all possible heads of damages depending on the facts of your case. The experts retained maximize each particular head of damage.
Here is a hypothetical fact pattern to build an injury case for my Client X.
Client X is a 20 year old male passenger in a motor vehicle. After stopping at a stop sign, the driver of that vehicle exits a secondary road on to a main highway. An oncoming driver traveling 150 kms in a 70 km zone hits the vehicle. The oncoming driver would be negligent, but he may not be honest with his insurer about his speed. Client X sustains orthopedic injuries and a severe traumatic brain injury. These injuries affect his speech, mood, behavior, and mobility. The client requires constant ongoing supervision and care.
- I retain an Accident Reconstruction Engineer to:
- examine the vehicles and download any data that may exist from Event Data Recorders in the vehicles
- examine the vehicle in which my client was a passenger to confirm seat belt usage
- diagram and measure skid marks or gouge marks on the pavement to help prove speed.
Proving the speed of the at-fault driver allows Client X to collect compensation from a second insurance policy.
Proving Client X was wearing his seat belt refutes any argument that he may be contributorily negligent, which would decrease the compensation Client X is entitled to under the Contributory Negligence Act.
- I retain
- a neurologist and neuropsychologist to determine the severity of the brain injury and its effects on Client X’s normal activities of daily living
- a Life Care Planner who assists in determining what types of things would be necessary to assist Client X and in deriving a Cost of Future Care
- a Vocational Psychologist to determine what, if any, alternative employment possibilities are available to Client X
- an Economist to determine the future loss of income or income earning capacity and present-day value of the Cost of Future Care
- an Orthopedic specialist to determine the severity of the orthopedic injuries and provide a permanent impairment rating.
All of these experts can be called to give evidence for the plaintiff at trial.