In a personal injury case, the burden of proof falls on the victim. This means it is up to the plaintiff to present evidence that proves that the defendant is liable for their injuries. Plaintiffs can use many different types of evidence to prove liability, including expert witness testimony. Here’s how expert witnesses are used in personal injury cases:
Medical expert witnesses can provide information on the plaintiff’s injuries, treatment options, and prognosis. For example, let’s say you are asking for compensation for your future lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. However, the insurance company does not believe that your injuries will impact your life in any way in the future. A medical expert can strengthen your case by emphasizing the severity of your injuries and explaining how these injuries will affect you both mentally and physically in the future.
If your case goes to trial, these experts play an important role in helping the jury understand your case. Experienced medical experts know how to break down complex medical topics and explain them in a way that the jury understands. For this reason, medical experts are invaluable to your case.
Accident Reconstruction Experts
An accident reconstruction expert is a professional who can recreate the events leading up to the accident in order to prove liability. To figure out how the accident occurred, these experts analyze various types of information, including:
- Positioning of the vehicles
- Weather conditions
- Skid marks
- Property damage
Using this information, reconstruction experts can determine the speed at which the vehicles were traveling, the direction the vehicles were moving, and the force of the impact. Then, the experts can present drawings or models of the accident to help the jury visualize what happened, how it happened, and why it occurred.
If your injuries have affected your ability to work, a vocational expert may be used to strengthen your case. A vocational expert can explain what jobs you are qualified to perform and what jobs you are capable of performing as a result of your injuries. These experts can also provide information on your pre- and post-injury earning potential. This information helps the jury understand the impact that your injury has had—and will continue to have—on your income.
Recovering compensation after an injury is not easy, which is why it’s best to turn to attorney Martin Gasparian for help. Mr. Gasparian has the legal resources and experience you need to win your case and secure the compensation you deserve. Schedule a free consultation regarding your case by calling 559-203-3333 or submitting your information at MaisonLaw.com.