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Expert witnesses are important to your case if you are filing a personal injury lawsuit. These witnesses can help you support your claims, refute claims made by the defense and increase the value of your case. Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has access to the types of experts needed to assist us in determining the cause of an injury, the cost of long term treatment and in supporting our claims before a jury. We would like to invite you to arrange a consultation with one of our Chicago injury attorneys today to learn more about the role of these witnesses in our clients’ cases.
Types of Expert Witnesses
An expert witness is someone whose field of expertise allows him or her to support or refute claims during a trial based on his or her own experience and knowledge. They are instrumental in proving fault, determining the economic impact of injuries and countering arguments that are presented against your claims. Here are some examples of useful expert witnesses.
- An accident reconstruction specialist— these witnesses can testify regarding their investigation into our clients’ auto accidents. This type of testimony is crucial to proving liability.
- An economist— these witnesses assist in establishing the value of our cases. They are able to testify concerning the long term cost of medical care, lost wages and other economic consequences that can be linked to the client’s injuries.
- A medical specialist— there are several reasons why a doctor may be called upon to testify. First is to report on the injuries themselves and their extent. Proving the need for long term treatment and rehabilitation will support the need for compensation to cover the cost of that care. These expert witnesses are also called on during malpractice cases to establish what the standard duty of care is and to argue on whether the defendant acted as his or her peers would have under the same circumstances.
Expert witnesses need to have experience or knowledge that is relevant to the case and the claims being made. Some cases may rely on different expert testimony than others would.
The Client’s Role in Working With Expert Witnesses
It will be up to the attorney you retain to seek out expert witnesses, but you may need to provide information to assist these witnesses or your lawyer while building your case. Obtaining medical records, undergoing diagnostic tests, following up with doctors concerning your treatment plan and answering any other questions the attorney has throughout the process about your recovery will help provide you with the best chance of success.
We may refer you to a medical specialist if it will help establish facts in the case or if it will allow you to receive better care than you have access to at the time.
If you have any questions about expert witnesses, we would love to answer them. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation with one of our award winning Chicago personal injury attorneys. If we are unable to help you secure compensation for your injuries, our services will be free of charge.