One of the most difficult damages to calculate for an injured person is future medical. Because people aren’t experts at calculating damages, this is an area where a person can leave money on the table if they try to negotiate a settlement on their own. This is bad because there is no second bite at the apple once you’ve settled your case. An experienced car accident lawyer will make sure that future medical treatments are identified and compensated.
The only way to calculate future medical treatments is to have a doctor testify about their necessity. For example, a person may have injured their back in a way that will eventually require surgery for a herniated disk. Because the person might want to see if their back improves with rest, they put off the surgery for as long as possible. But a doctor will testify that, eventually, a person will need surgery to correct their back issue.
Once the doctor has testified to the necessity of the treatments, the car accident lawyer will introduce evidence about the cost of these treatments. This might include testimony from an economist about the cost of treatment, medical bills from previous surgeries, etc. This gives the jury an idea of what to award in order to properly compensate the injured person.