The outcome of every personal injury case depends on what you can prove. Even in cases where it seems obvious what happened and who is at fault, you have to prove your case – who and what caused your injury, what losses you have suffered, and how your injury will affect your future. This often requires the testimony of an expert witness. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to know when an expert witness will be required, and who you should get to testify in your case.
GDS Law Group can get the expert witnesses you need to help you get the compensation you deserve. If you’ve been injured and don’t know where to turn, call us at 765-358-7108 or contact us via our online form. We can schedule a free consultation and case evaluation to discuss your case and how we can help.
Understanding When Expert Testimony is Required
Of course, the expert witnesses that may be required will vary according to the type of case, the injuries you have suffered, and a variety of other factors. In addition, you need to know what you need to prove and anticipate the defenses that the other party will raise.
An experienced personal injury attorney will know when you will need an expert witness to prove your case. More importantly, they will know various experts and who will be able to provide the best possible testimony in your case. In addition, a personal injury attorney will know how to get their testimony into evidence – a critical step in your case, and one that most non-lawyers will not be able to successfully navigate.
Most personal injury cases will require a medical expert to testify to your injuries and what caused them. They will testify to the validity of your diagnosis, the treatment you needed and why it was reasonable. They can also testify to the severity of your injury and whether it carries any short-term, long-term, or permanent limitations. Depending on your injuries, you may need multiple medical experts to testify in your case.
If the fundamental facts of what happened in the accident are in dispute, you may need an accident reconstructionists to testify in your case. As their name suggests, they use their expertise to recreate exactly what happened in an accident. They can also testify to as to the speed of the vehicles at the time of the accident, who had the right of way, the braking distance required for each vehicle, and how those vehicles handle in certain situations.
Financial and Economic Experts
If your accident has caused a serious disability or significant financial harm, you may need a financial expert who can testify to the economic aspects of your case. They can calculate your future lost wages and help compute their present value in a credible and cogent manner.
Mental Health Experts
We are beginning to understand that accidents can result in mental and emotional trauma in addition to physical injuries. Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common issues suffered by accident victims. Hiring an expert witness can document your mental trauma to help prove your claim.
Industry and Occupational Experts
If you were injured at work, you may need an expert to testify as to what safety or other standards are required in your industry. Alternatively, you may need someone to testify as to what accommodations will be necessary at your job or why you can no longer perform the same job duties.
Contact the Indiana Personal Injury Experts at GDS Law Group
If you’ve been injured, an experienced Indiana personal injury lawyer can help you get the compensation you need to get back on your feet. GDS Law Group will use their network of experts to build the strongest possible case to ensure that you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us at 765-358-7108 to schedule a free consultation and case evaluation.