If you’re involved in a personal injury lawsuit, there’s a good chance your personal injury lawyer will make use of expert witnesses during the case. Both sides in a personal injury case will often hire expert witnesses (someone who has professional or specific knowledge about a subject) to support their side of the case by proving certain points.
Types of Experts
Expert witnesses used by personal injury lawyers can be professional consultants who serve as witnesses on a regular basis, or they can be experts in their particular field who were called in for a specific case. There are many different types of professionals who can serve in this capacity:
- Law Enforcement Officers
- Social Workers
- Medical Experts
- Psychiatrists and Psychologists
What the Expert Does
The job of an expert witness is to relay their knowledge or findings to the court. They are to give unvarnished and complete testimony regarding their understanding of the facts in question. Based on the expertise they have in the relevant field, expert witnesses provide careful analysis of any investigation they’ve carried out or professional opinions about other results presented in the case. Expert witnesses can:
- Provide support for your lawyer’s contention that the other party in the case was at fault.
- Make clear to the court the severity and impact of the injuries you received.
- Bolster your case so that you have a better chance of getting a fair settlement for any damages.
If you have any further questions about personal injury lawsuits or expert witnesses, please feel free to contact the Indiana personal injury lawyers at Wilson Kehoe Winingham.