In personal injury cases, if you are taking legal action against another party, you have the task of satisfying the burden of proof. Essentially, if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you will be required to prove to the court that the other party’s negligence directly caused your injuries. That being said, fulfilling the burden of proof can often be challenging as you will need a lot of evidence to build a strong case. In some cases, attorneys will work with outside experts to help the court understand the complex issues of the case. Keep reading to learn about the significant role outside experts play in personal injury cases and discover how our dedicated Santa Clara County Personal Injury Attorneys can help you today.
What is an expert witness?
In a personal injury case, outside experts are individuals with specialized knowledge, training, experience, education, certification, or skills in a particular field. Expert witnesses can offer their opinions and testimony about specific topics relevant to the case. As they can provide objective analyses of the facts of the case, they can assist the court in understanding the technical and medical data related to the claim. This will allow judges and juries to make informed decisions in the case. Expert witnesses can also provide detailed explanations of what caused an accident to occur and who was at fault which can help establish liability.
It is important to note that expert witnesses will not advocate for a particular side, which is why it is critical to retain a seasoned attorney who will help you build a solid case to secure fair compensation. In most cases when a defendant disputes the plaintiff’s claims, attorneys will work in conjunction with various types of outside experts that can provide testimony that corroborates your claim.
What type of outside experts can potentially help with a personal injury case?
Oftentimes, attorneys work in conjunction with medical experts as they can provide opinions and testimony about the extent, severity, and long-term consequences of your injuries. Medical experts are usually used when the defendant argues that the plaintiff’s injuries could not have been caused by the accident. An attorney may also work with mental health experts as they can help the court understand how your injuries have impacted your quality of life and emotional well-being. Ultimately, this can help you calculate an appropriate amount for your subjective losses such as emotional distress, pain and suffering, inconvenience, loss of enjoyment of life, and mental anguish.
If you were injured in a car accident, your attorney may work with an accident reconstruction expert as they can analyze the evidence of the accident and provide testimony that helps the court understand how the accident occurred and who was responsible. Moreover, an attorney may work with a financial specialist or economist that can aid the court in understanding the economic impact of your injuries. An attorney can use various outside experts to provide testimony based on their expertise in a specific field to help prove your claim.
If you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence, consider consulting with a talented attorney at the Law Offices of Brian J. O’Grady. Our firm is committed to helping our clients fight for the compensation they deserve.