When you have been injured in the workplace, you probably already understand that witnesses are extremely beneficial in many ways. However, there is another type of witness known as an expert witness that can help you receive the results you want in your personal injury case. In many cases, expert witnesses may not be required – unless your case involves a slip and fall, a piece of heavy machinery, or a defective product. In these cases, you may benefit by retaining a witness. Analysis by an expert can prove to the court that somebody with special knowledge, education and training took the time to study your case and receive the results that help you make your injury claim.
What is Expected of the Witness?
There are expectations that the expert witness must meet, of course. For instance, they should always be knowledgeable in the field of study that is relevant to what is being presented to the judge – which means that, if a defective piece of equipment caused your injury, they should understand product liability and enough information about the equipment. When an expert witness takes the time to learn about that specific information, they can show how the evidence is relevant based on many methods.
An expert witness should also come prepared for the many unexpected issues that may assert themselves during your personal injury trial. Sometimes, additional evidence will be presented and it conflicts with the findings of the expert. Something known as the ‘Daubert challenge’ may also be used to challenge the evidence based on relevance and reliability factors. It is important to use an expert witness for the most complex and complicated cases and have them protect your rights, especially when compensation is involved for your medical expenses and more.
Because hiring an expert witness for your case can sometimes be confusing and you may not know where to turn, it is important to speak to a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. At Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we have the knowledge and experience to handle your case. Call us today for more information.