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What is an expert report?

The expert report is a document that records all the evidence performed by  a medical specialist in a court case. This test usually includes a diagnosis of injuries, sequelae and health status of the patient.

The objective of this report is to carry out  a thorough review and then leave it documented in a written report. This must be written by the medical professional and in a clear and informative language that the parties involved can interpret. 

What is an expert report?

The expert report consists of different parts:

  • Reason for the report: the  purpose of the report is included in the expert report, that is, the reason why it is made and who requests it.
  • Patient’s medical history: the patient’s medical history, family history and information provided by the patient are collected. It is then when the diagnosis obtained during the review and visit by the expert report is developed.
  • Tests performed: the medical reports and tests that have been taken into account to prepare the expert report are reflected, as well as the exploration carried out. The procedure is similar to that of a medical check-up, in which the different injuries will be assessed and the necessary tests will be carried out depending on the case.
  • Diagnosis:   the thorough diagnosis is presented, which must differentiate between the clinical diagnosis, that is, the injuries suffered by the  patient, and the diagnosis of sequelae, which refers to the residual or consequential state of the injuries suffered.

Why is the expert report made?

The expert report is a document with legal validity, which is usually required in trials and legislative processes. The objective of such a report is the confirmation of a specialist on the state of health of a subject, and may be required by the parties involved in the legal process.

For example, this type of reports are usually required in traffic accidents or of any kind, in which the affected person is required to prove that he has injuries and / or sequelae due to the accident in question and requires compensation. Other examples may be, a person who must evaluate their psychological capacity in a criminal trial, etc.

Meaning of abnormal results

The results of the expert report must be truthful and verified by the experience of the medical specialist or by the additional evidence provided. Thus, the patient’s state of health and the relationship of possible injuries or sequelae with the fact that originates the expert report will be assessed.

This is where the so-called causal link comes in, where the specialist expresses from his interpretation, if the injuries or the results obtained in the report have a causal relationship with the mishap caused by the need to present said report.

In short, making an expert report is a very serious and important action to resolve a court case in which there have been injuries of any kind.  Having medical experts,  psychologists, architects and engineers in the subject is essential for a good quality of expert reports.  Contact now with professionals in expert reports.

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