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When it comes to medical malpractice cases, winning isn’t enough: you also want to make sure the jury awards your client the damages you are seeking. Medical malpractice cases are challenging to litigate as they often involve complicated medical procedures. Getting the jury to understand the doctor’s negligence is a difficult task in itself. Showing how that negligence lead to your client’s injury can sometimes be a Herculean task.
Thanks to medical information readily available on the internet, the average American often assumes they have more medical knowledge than they really do. Expert medical illustrations in Pittsburgh can help bring clarity to x-rays and CAT scans, as well as depict the nature and extent of your client’s injuries in a visually impactful way. It can also help juror’s discern between the testimony of competing experts.
Once you have proved negligence, you must demonstrate to the jury quantifiable proof of your client’s harm (i.e., damages). What does this proof look like?
When providing a detailed list of damages, economic damages are the easiest to demonstrate. These include:
- Medical expenses, such as insurance co-pays and surgery costs
- Therapy and nursing expenses
- Lost wages
- Adaptive devices, including canes, wheelchairs, and prosthetics
- Durable medical equipment (DME), such as pressure mattresses, oxygen, lifts and ventilators
Economic damages should be calculated to include both past and future expenses. Past damages are easily proven through bills and receipts. Since these items have specific monetary values, it is fairly easy to calculate future costs.
Non-economic damages are more intangible and cannot be precisely calculated. The values assigned to them often depend on how sympathetic the judge or jury is to your case. Non-economic damages include things such as:
- Mental anguish
Day-in-the-life videos, part of Precise’s Pittsburgh trial support services, can be powerful tools for demonstrating non-economic damages. These videos give the jury insight into the struggles your client faces while completing even simple, everyday tasks. Since non-economic damages are also calculated to include past and future costs, a sympathetic jury can make all the difference in the valuation of your case.
Precise: Expert Pittsburgh Trial Support Services
With the help of our skilled medical illustrators and expert video technicians, you can present powerful visual demonstrations of your client’s injuries to the jury. Our Pittsburgh trial support services help bring clarity to your evidence and unity to your case narrative. Don’t let your client get less than what they deserve. Call us today at 866-277-3247 and take advantage of our Pittsburgh trial support services.