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Why Do You Need an Expert Witness to Testify in Your Case?

December 30, 2019
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Some personal injury cases are more complex than others and require an expert witness. An expert witness can help prove liability and ensure the correct party is held accountable for their negligence.

If you’ve been injured in an accident or incident that was not your fault, contact our experienced Texas personal injury lawyers at Begum Law Group today. The Texas Law Giant can inform you of whether you can benefit from an expert witness and ensure your rights are protected. Contact us at 866-523-4167 today.

What is an Expert Witness?

An expert witness is an individual who has specialized knowledge and experience that is relevant to your case. They can provide objective facts that either support your case or refute inaccurate testimony the other party has provided.

The most common types of expert witnesses include:

  • Engineers: Engineers can find design defects that may have led to your accident. They can also show that it was the result of poor maintenance.
  • Accident reconstruction specialists: Through a special software, accident reconstruction specialists can reconstruct the scene of your accident and determine important facts like vehicle speed and vehicle visibility.
  • Economists: It’s not always easy to calculate the economic and non-economic damages that you may be facing. An economist can help make sure you receive the fair and full compensation you may be entitled to.
  • Healthcare experts: If you’ve been left with serious injuries, a doctor, nurse, or another healthcare expert can explain how it will impact your current life and future.

Situations That Warrant Expert Witnesses

Not all cases require an expert witness. An expert witness is typically only hired if there are certain aspects of your case that are unclear and a lawyer can’t prove on their own. Let’s say, you got into a car accident and believe that the other party caused the accident. The other party, however, suspects the opposite is true and you are actually liable for it. In this case, a lawyer can consult an accident reconstruction specialist to recreate the scene and help uncover who is responsible.

If you have been left with a debilitating injury like a traumatic brain injury and a lawyer wants to know how it will affect your future, they may reach out to a doctor. The doctor can prove the severity of your injury and demonstrate that it’ll prevent you from working in the same position you had before the accident and requires lifelong rehabilitation.

How Does an Expert Witness Differ From a Regular Witness?

Just about anyone can be a regular witness, as long as they saw your accident or incident occur. If you were injured in a car accident, for example, and a pedestrian who was walking on the sidewalk witnesses it, they can serve as a regular witness in your case. Unlike an expert witness, a regular witness does not have to have any specialized knowledge or experience.

While an expert witness did not have to witness your case, they must have expertise that the average person does not have. For instance, if it’s unclear who caused your car crash, an expert witness who is an accident reconstruction specialist may use special technology to recreate the scene and prove fault.

Contact Begum Law Group

If you’ve suffered from an injury in an accident or incident that you believe was caused by another party’s negligent actions, reach out to our highly skilled Texas personal injury lawyers at Begum Law Group. We can perform a thorough investigation of your case and let you know whether hiring an expert witness is necessary. Contact us at 866-523-4167 today.

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