The Importance of Experts in Injury Cases
Filing an injury claim after suffering losses due to the negligent actions of another party may be the only way an injured individual can recover compensation for the damages that they have incurred. Winning an injury claim is not easy, however. There are numerous elements that a plaintiff must establish in order to both hold the defendant liable for harm and recover the full value of compensation. In order to accomplish this, myriad evidence types must be obtained and presented. One of the strongest and most compelling types of evidence is the testimony of an expert witness.
Why Does Expert Opinion Matter?
An expert witness is someone who has specialized knowledge or training and can offer insight regarding various elements of your personal injury case. Expert opinion is often highly valued in a case because it is unbiased and honest, and specialized and specific to important case details. It is not a stretch to say that the opinion of an expert can make or break a case or can significantly affect the amount of compensation a plaintiff receives. Strong expert opinion can also dissuade defendants and their insurers from litigation, which can ultimately decrease the time it takes to reach a settlement and save you money and stress.
Types of Experts Essential in Injury Cases
There are multiple different types of experts who may be called upon in a personal injury case and asked to offer an opinion after a review of case details. These types of experts might include:
– Accident reconstruction experts, who will reconstruct how an accident occurred and offer an expert opinion about what happened to cause a crash or other incident type;
– Medical experts, including neurologists, psychologists, surgeons, orthopedists, pathologists, and more, who can speak to the extent of a victim’s injuries and the long-term effects that the victim may expect to suffer;
– Vehicle information specialists, who can analyze data collected by a vehicle’s event data recorder, speak to the extent of maintenance performed on a vehicle, or/and offer an opinion about why an accident may have occurred; and
– Financial experts, who can offer insight about the economic losses and future economic losses that an individual has suffered and is expected to suffer.
Of course, there may be other experts whose opinions are valued depending upon the specifics of your case.
Hiring Experts: How to Find the Right Expert for Your Case
Before you start searching for an expert to hire to represent you during the claims process, it’s important to understand exactly what type of expert you need (based on the specifics of your case) and how an expert opinion can bolster your claim. What’s more, consider that hiring an expert can be expensive – some experts charge hundreds or thousands of dollars for their services.
One of the best ways to go about hiring an expert to add credibility to your claim is to retain a skilled personal injury lawyer. A seasoned attorney will analyze the different elements of your case and make a determination about which type of expert would be most beneficial. A good personal injury attorney may already have established relationships with top specialists in various fields whom they can call on as expert witnesses. In addition, your lawyer may be able to cover all experts’ fees on your behalf, which means that you will not have any out-of-pocket costs. (If your case is successful, you will pay the attorney a percentage of your overall winnings).
Reach Out to Our Injury Attorneys for a Free Consultation Today
Not all injury cases will require expert testimony; some cases are fairly straightforward, and the cause and extent of injuries is fairly easy to substantiate. In many cases, however, the testimony of expert witnesses can often make a significant difference in the outcome of the case. At the Law Office of J. Allan Brown, LLC, our lawyers have more than a decade of combined legal experience working with injury victims and recovering large settlements on our clients’ behalf. We have the knowledges, skills, resources, and dedication to pursue your claim to the fullest and hire any expert witnesses needed along the way.
To schedule a free consultation with our Alabama injury lawyers, call us today at 251-473-6691 or send a secure and confidential message through our online contact form. You may also stop by our Mobile office in person at your convenience.