Q What is causation and how can it be proved?
Causation can sometimes be very simple to prove,but oftentimes very difficult as well. Oftentimes, causation requires expert medical testimony. In the simplest case, a person was previously healthy and was involved in a car wreck and sustained an injury that is apparent on an x ray , MRI , CT scan or other diagnostic test. But even these simple cases can become confounding because insurance companies and Defendants look for any possible reason to deny a claim, such as degenerative changes which may incidentally show up on diagnostic tests, but which the person isn't even aware of. Causation can become very complex in other types of cases, such as medical malpractice where there can be multiple causes for certain medical conditions. Not only is expert medical testimony required, but the medical expert's opinions must be based upon sound scientific principles and the expert must have a solid methodology to support their opinions. It is very helpful to have an attorney who is well versed in medicine and who is very comfortable working with qualified medical experts to prove the full nature and extent of your injury and also it's relationship to the incident that caused you harm.