Certain things in life are just better explained by someone that specializes in the topic. Take a moment to think back to high school or college, and it’s a pretty good bet someone you knew (or maybe even yourself) required the assistance of a tutor for some subjects. If so, you may also recall that having someone with “expert” knowledge in an area, such as math or science, made it a lot easier to make it through the course and to turn in homework with confidence. The same is true in legal proceedings, because there are certain types of evidence that are made easier to understand by an expert witness.
While it is not a requirement to have an expert testify or offer explanations in your personal injury case, here are a few ways doing so will help:
- If your case relies on highly technical or scientific evidence, having an expert explain certain terms and scientific processes in everyday terms helps to make your position more clear.
- When your case involves complex medical issues, a doctor or other healthcare provider is in the best position to explain the impact of certain injuries and medical conditions.
- The portion of your case that deals with your demand for compensation might be best explained by an accountant or other financial expert if you are seeking things like loss of quality of life or future damages. An accountant or other expert in the financial industry will be able to take a complex mathematical formula for the damages you claim and apply it to every day situations in a way that is understandable for a juror or insurance adjuster.
In order to use an expert, you typically have to show the Court the person you wish to use as an expert has experience in the field. This may require providing educational qualifications, or reviews from peers. The process can take time, but is worth it if the stakes are high. We have experience working with experts, and will help you decide if using one is best for your case.
If you have been in an accident and have questions about whether to call an expert to testify on your behalf, call our office to find out what to do next and what to expect. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.