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The Role of Expert Witnesses in Personal Injury Cases



June 1st, 2018

Expert witnesses play an important role in personal injury cases. Their input and perspective can be invaluable. Personal injury lawyers often turn to expert witnesses for their opinions on complicated cases.

Many types of expert witnesses are used in personal injury cases. The following are the most common:

Medical experts provide expert opinions regarding the severity, cause and expected the outcome of injuries.

Psychologists and mental health experts are helpful to those who have suffered psychological, mental or emotional harm. These experts testify regarding the effects the injuries had and how they will impact the victim’s life in the future. They are especially important when seeking compensation for non-economic losses.

Financial experts provide expert opinions on the value of lost wages and the loss of earning capacity suffered by victims.

Accident reconstruction experts investigate accidents in full and rebuild them piece by piece to determine the precise cause. They also guide courts through what happened by painting a picture of what went wrong.

Design and manufacturing experts offer insights as to whether or not the designers and manufacturers of products are to blame for any defective product that may have caused the accident.

How Do Expert Witnesses Help?

By proving negligence: Personal injury cases are based on the theory of negligence. To prove negligence, a plaintiff must prove that a defendant had a duty but breached that duty. Determining whether a defendant had a duty, and if he or she breached that duty, may be challenging. Expert witnesses can help by providing evidence of negligence.

Clarifying evidence: Personal injury cases often involve evidence which may be complicated and difficult to understand. Expert witnesses are familiar with these issues and can help bring more clarity.

Clearing up ambiguities: Expert witnesses can help clear up ambiguities by offering insights that may not be readily apparent to non-experts. They can also emphasize the correct facts and evidence.

Contact Us

If you have been injured in an accident due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries through a personal injury lawsuit. The personal injury lawyers at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. can help. We will review your case and determine which expert witnesses may be beneficial for your case. To speak to our personal injury lawyers, call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

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