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When Are Expert Witnesses Necessary in Injury Claims?

  • After a serious injury, it can be tough to prove that you’re in need of compensation without help. You’ll need as much evidence as possible to make your case succeed, but gathering evidence may require help from both your lawyer and other sources.

    Expert witnesses are useful resources for a personal injury case. They can provide firsthand or expert information about the accident and the injuries involved. But when do you need them most? A lawyer will help you with the details specific to your personal injury claim, but you’ll need to know what these witnesses can do and when they can help your claim succeed.  


    What Can Expert Witnesses Do?

    First, expert witnesses are different from eyewitnesses—they were likely not present at the scene of the accident. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as first responders. But expert witnesses are called on for their expertise in the subject matter at hand.

    Expert witnesses are experts in their fields who can testify to the facts of your case. These are people who specialize in an area like healthcare and can explain the circumstances of that part of your claim. They’ll give their opinion on the situation and why you should receive compensation.

    While eyewitnesses can provide information about the details of the accident, expert witnesses can provide specialized information that can support your case.


    When Expert Witnesses Are Necessary

    When you need specialized information about your claim, an expert witness may be necessary. You’ll need someone who can interpret the data or provide more proof for your case. An expert witness can help you with the following areas:


    • Your Injuries – You may need help proving that your injuries came from the accident when the defendant claims you had prior injuries. In these cases, a doctor may be called to discuss how your injuries were caused by the accident.


    • Product Defects – When a product is unreasonably dangerous, you may need help proving that. An expert can explain how your product was dangerous and how the injury happened.
    • Traffic Regulations – In some traffic accidents, especially those involving semi-trucks, important regulations could affect your claim. An expert on these regulations may be consulted.  


    Your Lawyer Can Reach Out to Expert Witnesses

    When you’re struggling with your case, an expert’s opinion can make an all-important difference in the outcome. In some cases, such a witness may be necessary to make sure you get the full compensation you deserve after your injury.

    But you may need to determine who your expert witnesses are months before the trial, and you might not be sure who to contact or what all you need. When this happens, you may need a lawyer from the Henry Dailey Law Firm on your side.

    Starting with a free case review, we’ll help you with every aspect of your case, including finding appropriate experts to weigh in. To get started and speak to our lawyers, give us a call at 205-995-2412 or visit our website.