My Attorney Wants to Hire an Expert Witness for My Accident Case. What Does That Mean?
An expert witness is a person whose opinion is accepted by a judge as an expert based on their education, training, certification, skills or experience in their field. In any personal injury case, once the case reaches the litigation phase, hiring certain expert witnesses becomes an important step in the litigation process.
Expert witnesses are not like eyewitnesses; they did not see the actual accident happen. However, they are permitted to testify at a trial because of special knowledge or proficiency in a particular field that is relevant to the case. For example, an accident deconstructionist can view photos of damage done to vehicles involved in a crash along with the scene photos and give an opinion as to how the crash occurred.
Once qualified as an Expert, they can offer testimony that is more creditable and detailed than a lay witness. The Expert Witness’s duty is to give an impartial opinion on particular aspects of matters within his area of expertise which are in dispute. Often times in a personal injury matter, aspects of the accident or injury are often disputed; therefore, Expert Witnesses can be extremely beneficial to offer their insight.
The testimony of expert witnesses is often given more weight by jurors since they are independent professionals otherwise uninvolved in the case. Most expert witnesses hold themselves to high ethical standards and their opinions holds significant weight in their industries.
It is important to hire a reputable personal injury attorney who has the financial resources to hire all necessary experts needed to properly handle your case.
If you or a loved one have suffered a personal injury, call Attorney Chelsie M. Lamie at 727-501-3464 for a free consultation. You can also learn more about Attorney Lamie by visiting www.chelsielamie.com.