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The Role of an Expert Witness in an Injury Case

role of an expert witness in a personal injury case

Pursuing a personal injury case is a complicated process. To be sure, there are a number of different elements of an injury case that must be satisfied in order for your case to be successful, from presenting evidence of negligence and causation to substantiating damages. One form of evidence that is critical to a favorable outcome is the testimony of an expert witness, or multiple expert witnesses. If you are pursuing a personal injury claim in Kentucky, here is a look at what you need to know about the role of expert witnesses and how our experienced lawyers effectively utilize them in the cases we try.

Most Common Types of Expert Witnesses

An expert is defined as a person who has specialized knowledge on a given topic based on extensive study, experience, or prolonged practice. In a personal injury case, the type of expert whom you may benefit from recruiting depends on the specifics of your case. Some of the most commonly called upon expert witnesses include:

  • Accident reconstruction specialists. Whether you are in a car accident, hit while riding your bike, involved in a workplace accident, or harmed in some other type of accident, an accident reconstruction specialist may be invaluable. These types of experts are used to determine how an accident occurred, and more importantly, point out liability and negligence.
  • Medical experts. Medical experts are critical in personal injury cases; they are used to speak to the extent of an injury you may have suffered, which is necessary for substantiating damages. But more than that, medical professionals can also speak to a deviation of the medical standard of care in the event that you are pursuing a medical malpractice claim.
  • Vehicle specialists. In accidents involving vehicles, such as a large truck accident, a vehicle specialist may be called upon. This specialist can add insight regarding any vehicle defects, lack of maintenance (which may have contributed to the accident), or fault in vehicle design.
  • Forensic specialists. There are numerous different types of forensic specialists. An example of one type that may be useful in a personal injury case is a forensic toxicologist. A toxicologist can contribute an opinion regarding whether or not the defendant (negligent doctor, drunk driver, etc.) had any impairing substances within their system at the time of the event.

The above list of experts is not exhaustive; there are multiple other experts who may be called on depending upon the circumstances of your case.

Two Ways of Using Experts in Your Personal Injury Case

It is important to remember that experts can be used in more than one way in a personal injury case. The most obvious way that experts are used is to provide testimony regarding how your accident occurred, liability, or the extent of damages you have suffered. These are called testifying experts, and they will be asked to give sworn testimony regarding your case.

The other type of expert is called a consulting expert. A consulting expert will be a part of your lawyer’s team and will offer insight and opinion on different elements of your case. For example, a financial expert may help you and your lawyer understand the value of your current and future losses and how much you should demand from the insurance company.

The Benefits of Expert Witnesses

Using expert witnesses can be a major help to your case, and failure to use expert witnesses can result in a less-than-ideal case outcome. This is one of the primary reasons you should work with a skilled lawyer, and a lawyer with the resources necessary to bring in the right experts to bring the case to a successful conclusion.

Start Your Personal Injury Case Today

If you have been injured due to the negligence or recklessness of another party, working with a skilled Kentucky personal injury lawyer can help you secure the settlement that you need and deserve. At the law offices of John H. Ruby & Associates, we have the experience that you are looking for, and we maintain relationships with experts in a variety of fields who can be called upon when needed to help prove your case and put you in position to secure full damages.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, please visit our Louisville office in person, send us a message, or call us directly at 502-895-2626. We look forward to serving you!