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The Role of Expert Witnesses in New York and New Jersey Personal Injury Claims

At Omni Injury and Accident Law, P.C., our New Jersey and New York personal injury lawyers know that most people have watched enough real-crime television to know what an “expert witness” is and how they can strengthen or challenge one side’s legal claim inside the courtroom.

Many may not know that expert witnesses can bring the same value to a personal injury claim as a criminal case. Their testimony and opinions are often pivotal in determining liability, assessing damages, and ultimately influencing the outcome of a case.

Here, we discuss the most common types of expert witnesses in personal injury claims and how they can help us build successful cases.

 

What Types of Expert Witnesses Participate in New York and New Jersey Personal Injury Claims?

In a personal injury case, various types of expert witnesses may be called upon to provide specialized knowledge and testimony relevant to the case’s specific circumstances.

Some common types of expert witnesses include:

  • Medical Experts

Physicians, surgeons, or other healthcare professionals testify to the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries, prognosis for recovery, and necessary medical treatment.

  • Accident Reconstruction Experts

Analyze the circumstances of an accident, such as a car crash or slip-and-fall incident, to determine how it occurred. They may use evidence such as skid marks, vehicle damage, and witness statements to recreate the sequence of events.

  • Engineering Experts

Mechanical, civil, or biomechanical engineers can provide insight into the structural integrity of vehicles, buildings, or other equipment involved in an accident. They may assess factors like design defects, material failure, or compliance with safety standards.

  • Economic Experts

Forensic accountants or economists calculate the financial impact of an injury on the plaintiff’s earning capacity, future medical expenses, and other economic losses. They may also assess the value of non-economic damages like pain and suffering.

  • Mental Health Experts

Psychologists or psychiatrists assess an injury’s emotional and psychological impact on the plaintiff’s mental well-being. They may provide diagnoses, treatment recommendations, and testimony regarding the plaintiff’s mental health status.

Depending on the case’s specifics, other specialized experts may be necessary to provide relevant testimony and analysis. We can help you understand their important roles and how crucial their involvement is to your case.

What Role Do Experts Play When Testifying During Personal Injury Cases in New York or New Jersey?

Expert witnesses can provide specialized knowledge and analysis to establish who is at fault in an accident and are commonly called upon to assess the extent of injuries and disabilities resulting from an accident.

Their testimony helps determine the compensation a plaintiff is entitled to for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering by presenting their findings and opinions clearly and compellingly. Their testimony can influence the judge or jury’s understanding of technical or scientific matters crucial to the case by simplifying the factors that caused the incident and how it impacted our client’s life.

Our New York and New Jersey personal injury lawyers often use expert witnesses to strengthen our arguments or challenge those of the opposing party by corroborating or undermining the credibility of claims and providing essential insights and analysis to help resolve disputes and achieve fair outcomes for our clients.

Contact Our Dedicated Personal Injury Attorney Today

Contact our dedicated New York and New Jersey personal injury lawyers at Omni Injury and Accident Law to schedule a free consultation and to get the assistance you need to produce actual results for your essential claim.

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