The Role of Expert Witnesses in Car Accidents
Why an Expert Witness May Prove Critical in Your Case
If you are injured in a car accident, one of the first questions you may have is how to obtain compensation for your losses. If another person was at fault for the accident, you may be able to file a claim for damages against them or their insurance company. However, proving liability and your injuries can be challenging without the help of an attorney and expert witnesses.
At Levin & Nalbandyan, we have extensive experience representing individuals who have been seriously injured in car accidents throughout Los Angeles. Our lawyers work with a network of experts to help prove your damages and obtain the largest possible recovery on your case. If you were injured in a car crash, contact our office at (213) 232-4848 to schedule a free consultation.
What Is an Expert Witness?
An expert witness is a person who can provide testimony relevant to an aspect of a case due to their experience or expertise in the field. They are generally asked to offer their professional opinion about something. For example, a medical expert may testify about how a type of injury may affect a person’s ability to work or perform normal activities.
Common types of expert witnesses in car accident claims:
- Medical experts
- Mental health experts
- Vocational experts
- Accident reconstructionists
- Financial experts
- Actuarial experts
- Forensic experts
The type of expert witness needed will depend on the circumstances of the case and what needs to be proved. To determine whether you need an expert witness to help prove your claim, you should consult with a car accident lawyer as soon as possible.
Why Are Expert Witnesses Used in Car Accident Cases?
In car accident cases expert witnesses are generally used to either help prove fault or the extent of your losses. For instance, a mental health expert may testify about the lasting effects of the condition that you were diagnosed with and how it may impact your normal life. A financial expert may help to calculate the amount of money you would be entitled to due to lost wages or a loss of future earning capacity. Accident reconstructionists can help to recreate the crash, helping to determine who caused the accident.
In some cases, an expert witness may prove critical to the case, particularly where there is a question of liability or you have extensive injuries. Juries often give a lot of weight to the testimony of a specialist in the field. They can also help clarify evidence or technical matters that may be complicated or confusing to the jury.
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If you were injured in a car accident in Los Angeles, contact our office at (213) 232-4848 to schedule a free consultation. Our legal team has secured millions of dollars on behalf of injured parties throughout Southern California. Let us help you get the compensation you deserve.
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