How are expert witnesses used in personal injury cases?

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2021 | Personal Injury

If a personal injury case goes to trial, it may be necessary to call upon one or more expert witnesses to strengthen the victim’s case. Likewise, the negligent or at-fault party’s insurance company may call their own expert witnesses to provide testimony.

Following are some important things to understand about expert witnesses in personal injury cases, including those involving motor vehicle accidents.

Types of expert witnesses

It is in your best interest to take advantage of anything, including expert witnesses, that can strengthen your personal injury claim. Some expert witnesses to consider include:

  • Accident reconstruction experts. These individuals can provide an expert opinion about how the other party caused the accident, thereby improving your chances of a successful claim.
  • Medical and mental health experts. Healthcare providers can show how the injury has affected your physical wellbeing and your emotional or mental health. In many cases, medical and mental health experts are crucial in maximizing the compensation awarded to injury victims.
  • Vocational rehabilitation experts. A vocational specialist may be able to testify regarding how your injuries have limited your ability to work or do the type of work you did in the past.

If you have suffered injuries due to another person’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to significant financial compensation for your losses. Such compensation can cover medical expenses, lost wages and more.

For more on your options after a serious injury, please see our New Mexico Personal Injury FAQ.