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What is an expert witness in a personal injury claim?

In a personal injury claim, an expert witness may be sought out to give a statement or testimony. Often, this testimony can be the most significant influence on a settlement. If you’ve been injured and are pursuing a claim for damages, here’s what you need to know about the role of an expert witness.

Who is an expert witness?

An expert witness is a person who is considered to be an expert in his or her field and can speak to a matter in your personal injury claim. Since an expert witness is not a required part of filing a claim, one might wonder how to pay for that lawsuit expense. The short answer is: hire a lawyer who has the tools to win your case.

Additionally, law firms such as ours accept contingency billing which erases a majority of debt owed to the firm if your case is not won.

An expert witness can be a crucial player in winning a claim. Bressman Law has access to these types of expert witnesses and more.

  • Medical specialists
  • Mental health professionals
  • Auto industry experts
  • Financial experts
  • Engineering experts

Usually, the first two expert types are most common; however, the latter categories of expert witnesses may be required in certain case types.

What does an expert witness do?

An expert witness will give a statement or testimony on an issue related to your claim. For example, say that you are suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of a traumatic car accident.

A mental health professional might testify as to whether the thing that caused your symptoms is considered a standard example of a PTSD-causing event. The professional may even be requested to go as far as to offer his or her diagnosis for your situation based on the information at hand.

The Importance of Expert Witnesses

Expert witnesses are not required when filing a personal injury claim for damages. However, the testimony of an expert witness can greatly strengthen your case, adding clout to your declaration that you deserve compensation.

What’s more, the other party may opt to have an expert witness on their side. As such, your expert witness may be the difference between a high settlement amount and no settlement amount. 

Find Your Expert Witness Now, Time is Limited

If you’re filing a personal injury claim, the sooner that you find an expert who can testify on your behalf, the better. The statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Ohio is two years (Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10). An attorney can help you find the right expert for your claim.

Contact the Attorneys at Bressman Law for More Information Now!

The attorneys at Bressman Law can help you to file your claim in time, explain if your case would benefit from an expert, and help you locate the appropriate professional. Contact us to get to work now at 866-777-6680.

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