Objective Medical Testing Tends to Hold Up Better in Court

In PA and NJ, car insurance companies, judges, and juries want you to prove your case with positive objective medical testing. Objective medical testing is testing that is not based on the person’s voluntary responses, such as pain. Objective medical tests cannot be faked or exaggerated.

A common example of an objective medical test is an x-ray. An x-ray is a picture of a bone. A picture cannot be faked or exaggerated. Objective medical testing is also used by PA and NJ courts to help determine if a Plaintiff passes the limited tort/verbal threshold restriction. Also, with positive objective testing, it is hard for a car insurance company to claim that you do not have the injuries that you are claiming in your case.

The following is a list of some objective medical tests that have held up in some courts. These types of medical tests could be argued to be objective. Not every court or every judge would agree, but a qualified doctor who testifies in court could explain how these tests are not based on the Plaintiff’s subjective responses.

  • Adams test
  • chiropractor’s observations of actual, quantified limitations
  • compression tests, cervical & shoulder
  • decreased deep tendon reflexes
  • diminished sensation
  • disc herniation or bulge with limited range of motion
  • foramina-compression test
  • Heel Walking Test
  • Lasegue test
  • MRI POSITIVE
  • limited range of motion in cervical spine
  • loss in range of motion to the injured plaintiff’s neck
  • standard medical tests, of which there are both objective and subjective components
  • palpable trigger points and spasms
  • Phalen
  • pin testing
  • percussion tests
  • Pin-prick test
  • physician’s examination of plaintiff and the straight leg raising test
  • Radiculopathy
  • range of motion limitations
  • range of motion limited with disc herniation or bulge
  • ROM, Inclinometer:
  • ROM – Loss of 20% to 30%
  • Soto-Hall’s test
  • spasm significant
  • spasm, seen and felt by the chiropractor on examination
  • spasm in the right cervical spine that radiated into the shoulders
  • spine manipulation
  • spine palpations
  • straight leg-raising tests
  • Straight Leg Raising Test – 30% decrease of motion
  • tenderness in the cervical spine
  • Tinel
  • Toe Walking Test
  • trigger points
  • Valsalva test
  • Yeoman’s test
  • X-rays showing straightened curvature, indicating muscle spasms.