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In every personal injury case, it is necessary to establish proof of the cause and effect relationship between an accident and the plaintiff’s claimed injuries. Of course, the burden of such proof rests with the plaintiff. The advances in science and technology in the past years have produced tools to facilitate a more objective assessment of the causation issue in litigation. For example, given the advent of MRI and CT technologies, a radiologist can distinguish between signs of acute trauma and chronic, pre-existing degenerative conditions. Moreover, the development of biomechanical engineering has provided the basis for a scientific analysis of causation in appropriate cases.

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