After an accident, there are many important questions that pop up in your mind, and one of these may be ‘How important are witnesses to my claim?’. Personal injury expert witnesses are qualified to provide expert testimony in personal injury cases. These professionals have the necessary academic training and practical work experience to serve the legal system. Generally, all the parties involved in a personal injury case call different expert witnesses to prove particular aspects of the litigation.
Types of personal injury experts
Doctors, engineers, psychiatrists, psychologists, law officers, forensic experts, and product developers are usually required to give expert opinion testimony regarding certain aspects implied in personal injury cases. This is because nearly all these cases involve specific elements that only an expert can clarify. Depending on your case, your lawyer may ask for expert witness testimony even before starting legal proceedings.
What do these experts do?
Experts must be qualified in order to render an opinion in a certain field. The party that requires expert witness testimony must send it to the other party before the trial begins. This is a legal provision that allows the other litigants to verify and prepare their own expert witness testimonies. If a party refuses to disclose expert testimony, the court may decide to exclude that particular expert or dismiss the case as a punitive measure.
The main role of these expert witnesses is to provide information that sustains a claim, helping the litigant to prove his or her case. These witnesses give testimonies based on specific reports issued by themselves according to their expertise.
The importance of expert witnesses in personal injury cases
Since personal injury cases involve issues of liability, damages, and evidence, most of them require expert testimony. To receive compensation for your injuries, the expert witnesses must agree on all the aspects related to liability, causation, and damage.
For instance, medical experts consider how a certain injury and its consequences affect your cognitive capacity and work ability. Besides the physical injury, these experts take into account some other ancillary issues, such as the medical and travel expenses along with the psychological harm.
To get a complex report, your advocate will assemble a team of expert witnesses to opine on your personal injury case. Depending on the injuries you suffered and associated psychological repercussions, the team of experts may include a physician, neurologist, and psychologist. The neurologist and psychologist must agree on how the injury has affected you emotionally, and whether you are able to cope with the injury and its consequences by yourself or if you need counselling. All of these aspects are very important because they outline the cost of future treatment, including occupational training and psychotherapy.
These experts must be authoritative and eloquent, and present an unvarying and logical diagnosis so that the court will agree with their conclusions. Thus, if you have been injured, the most important thing besides retaining an experienced personal injury attorney is to look for the best experts who can give favourable testimony about the evidence in your case. All these professionals will ensure that you are well protected and fairly compensated for the physical, emotional, and financial loss you incurred due to someone else’s carelessness.
Do you want to find out more about the role of expert witnesses in your personal injury case? If yes, we invite you to contact the professional, friendly, and helpful staff working at Accident Advice Helpline.
Date Published: September 24, 2013
Author: David Brown