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Witness Testimonies

Bystanders Versus Experts

When you think of witness testimony, you most likely think of someone who was present when the accident occurred, and who can verify the facts. Corroboration from bystanders is important, and you should gather as much information from these witnesses as possible. However, this type of testimony is quite different from the testimony provided by expert witnesses.

Expert Witness Testimony

Anyone involved in a personal injury case will have an opinion about how the injury occurred, how serious it is, and if the claimant is justified in their pursuit of compensation. However, the courts often find it difficult to determine who is right and who is wrong in personal injury cases, and they can hardly be expected to take the word of an attorney who has a vested interest in winning the case. That is why injury law often depends on the information provided by expert witnesses.

Experts offer reliable, reputable testimony that is often more detailed than anyone personally involved in the case. Several experts from various fields may be called upon to testify to facts based on their particular area of expertise. This testimony can make a world of difference when it comes to the success or failure of a personal injury case.

What Types of Information Can an Expert Witness Provide?

In the unfortunate event that you or someone you care about is injured due to another’s carelessness or negligence, a professional may be the only one who can prove that the injury was caused by negligent behavior. Additionally, experts will be able to testify as to how severe the injury is and to what extent it will affect you in the future.

An expert witness is someone who is a proven authority on a certain subject, and is usually known to hold themselves to high ethical standards.  For this reason, their word holds significant sway with the courts, and these experts are often called upon when a dispute about the facts of the case arises. For example, if the defending party contests that a person in a car that was broadsided at an intersection couldn’t possibly be suffering from a cervical injury, an expert in spinal injuries may be able to refute that claim.

Expert witness testimony can be especially helpful in substantiating diminished quality of life claims. They can predict what types of problems a brain injury victim is likely to develop in the future, making it easier for the victim to achieve compensation.

Why Would I Need to Hire an Expert Witness?

In any personal injury case it is the victim’s responsibility, along with their Chicago personal injury lawyer, to prove the accident caused the injury, and that they deserve compensation for said injury. The defendant, or their insurance company, has no obligation to prove the accident did not cause the injury. An expert can help prove the claimant’s case. Although it can be rather expensive to hire expert witnesses, their testimony can make the difference between a considerable settlement and none at all.

Consult with an Experienced Personal Injury Lawyer

In many personal injury cases bringing in an expert witness or witnesses is often not necessary. However, the only way to determine if your case will benefit from added credibility of expert testimony is to consult with a knowledgeable Chicago personal injury lawyer.

The dedicated legal team at Shea Law Group can help you plan the best way to move forward with your personal injury case, and if it is in your best interest to consult with an expert witness. For quality representation, reliable advice, and legal expertise you simply won’t find anywhere else, give us a call today at (877)-365-0040 and book your free consultation.