A Range Of Professionals Can Serve As Expert Witness
When there are complicated issues involved in a personal injury case, or areas where clarification would support a claim, expert witnesses can be beneficial. Witnesses have provided information on negligence and the value of damages in a variety of cases, including medical errors, product liability, and personal injury.
If you believe you should be eligible for competition but are unsure how to access the evidence you need, discuss the possibility of expert witnesses with a dedicated Bucks County personal injury attorney.
Types of Qualifications an Expert Witness May Have
In order for a person to have the background, expertise and skill needed to serve as an expert witness, they will need to have the correct qualifications. This will likely be a mix of education, credentials, experience, reputation, publishing history, or past experience serving as a witness. Because their role is to prove a viewpoint that is unbiased and objective, they are professionals rather than friends, family, or co-workers of individuals involved in the case.
Professional expert witness examples include the following:
- First responders. Because police officers, firefighters, and EMTs are often the first individuals at an accident site, they can share specific details should an accident injury lead to a legal dispute in the future.
- Doctors, nurses, and other medical professionals. To receive insights into an injured individual’s treatments and recovery, medical professionals can provide accounts of how the severity of the injury and how the healing process will likely advance. If there is permanent harm, medical professionals can address those details as well.
- Mental health experts. When there is emotional distress, mental htela professionals can explain these impacts. The witness could be a psychologist, counselor, or psychiatrist, for example.
- Vocational and financial professionals. Loss of work for a limited period of time is one cost calculation, but there are also situations in which a person is not able to return to the profession they once held. Their future earning potential compared to what could have been earned had the individual not been injured could be analyzed.
Naturally, if your Pennsylvania attorney determines an expert deposition would be advantageous, they will discuss which type of professional would be the best given the details of your accident injury.
Bringing Clarity to Complicated Issues
Within each field there are specialties and expert witnesses can explain details that allow judges, juries, and insurance companies to understand the facts of a case and the need for damage recovery. An orthopedic surgeon may be able to share a very complicated surgery in terms individuals outside of the medical field will be able to process, for instance. To connect with experts and advance your case, talk to a Bucks County personal injury attorney.
Do you wonder if an expert witness would be an asset to your claim or case? The family law attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand have the experience and skills you need. Once you share the details of your situation with your attorney, they will inform you of how an expert witness could help and have the contacts needed to secure depositions from those professionals, in some cases. To get started, schedule your initial, consultation. Call 215-968-6602.