Why You Should Have an Expert Witness in a Personal Injury Case
Witnesses are usually called to the stand in personal injury cases. They are used to provide clarity when certain aspects of the accident are disputed. For instance, an eyewitness to a car accident can objectively recount their view of the accident.
Expert witnesses play a separate role from an eyewitness. They have extensive education and experience in accident-related matters such as technical knowledge in automotive mechanics. For a case related to a car accident, such knowledge and expertise make that witness an invaluable resource regarding details that must be proven to have occurred or played a significant role in the crash.
Even though expert witnesses are rarely on the scene when an accident occurs but can provide testimony in critical aspects of the claim. The expert witness’ role is crucial to judgments related to the case because he or she has an expertise that other parties in the case do not have. This knowledge is needed to prove certain claims made, based on the findings of accident investigations.
Experts are not in any way related to the parties involved in the case, so their testimony is perceived as impartial and objective, based only on accurate information and theories associated with their area of knowledge and expertise.
— Types of Personal Injury Case Expert Witnesses —
Expert witnesses differ in type for personal injury cases. Two such types of expert witnesses are the testifying expert and consulting witness.
Consulting witnesses use their experience and knowledge to help parties in the case understand fundamental issues and facts on which the case is based. They do not appear in court or testify on the stand but have a very important role because they are to help attorneys clearly understand complex and technical issues that are part of the personal injury case. On the other hand, testifying experts do appear in court and testify on the stand so as to effectively communicate relevant issues to the jury, judge and others in the case.
In cases of personal injury, there are common types of expert witnesses used to prove a case. Medical specialists are commonly engaged as expert witnesses to testify about issues such as the injuries inflicted on the victims, the available options for their recovery and information about necessary treatments. Other specialists include Engineering experts (used in liability regarding structural issues and building constructions), manufacturing experts (used in auto accident claims), etc.
Not all personal injury cases need expert witnesses. But cases of auto accidents, claims of product liability, slip and fall accidents, etc often gain from the information an expert witness can objectively provide.
Victims are allowed to use experts for investigation and review of their cases as needed. These witnesses are necessary to prove claim credibility and explain difficult subject matters in ways that laymen can understand. The case outcome for a victim is often linked to expert witness testimony and how these experts were able to relay information to the judge and jury.
Contact a Petrov Law Firm attorney today for a consultation. We effectively use expert witnesses to help battle a personal injury claim.