In many personal injury lawsuits, both sides use expert witnesses in order to support their case and prove essential factors for personal injury cases. An expert witness is someone who has verifiable professional knowledge of a particular subject matter related to the case at hand.
There are many types of expert witnesses attorneys might use in a personal injury case, all of whom must have appropriate training and knowledge in order to testify in court.
Types of Expert Witnesses
There are various types of professionals who may provide their testimony for a personal injury case. Some individuals used as expert witnesses are simply experts in their particular field, while others are contracted from consultant firms. All witnesses testifying as experts have to meet fairly stringent qualifications as laid out in Ohio Rules of Court, Article VII, Rule 702.
Below are a few types of expert witnesses who might testify in a personal injury lawsuit.
- Police officers
- Social workers
- Doctors and surgeons
- Medical specialists
- Accident reconstruction experts
- Psychologists and psychiatrists
- Product developers
- City planners and roadway safety consultants
- Engineers (e.g., mechanical, automotive, industry-specific)
- Forensic economists
The Role of an Expert Witness
Expert witnesses’ primary duty is to share their findings for the court to review. They are to provide an unbiased testimony of their factual findings. These witnesses provide their analyses, reviews, investigations, and professional opinions about the case in their field of expertise.
Expert witnesses can bolster you claim because they can lend support to your argument that another party was at fault for the accident. They can also demonstrate the full impact your injuries have had on your life. When used in your favor, expert witnesses can solidify your case and help you recover a fair settlement that covers all your damages.
Finding a Reputable Expert Witness for Your Case
Your attorney can help you find expert witnesses who will be most advantageous and applicable to your claim. Your lawyer will look for an expert with the following characteristics.
- Excellent credentials
- An unbiased opinion (no conflicts of interest)
- Experience in the court system
- Likable and personable (you don’t want the jury to have an aversion towards the witness.)
- Sharp, fast thinking skills needed for answering the defense’s questions
For help with a personal injury case in Ohio, contact Bressman Law. We’ll help you secure field experts and handle all other aspects of your case. Contact us at 877-538-1116 to schedule a free consultation at your convenience.