The Importance of Expert Witnesses in Personal Injury Cases

When you are injured through the fault or negligence of someone else, the law allows you to be compensated for your damages. A strong personal injury case is comprised of many components, but one of the most important elements is expert witnesses. 

Proving a Right to Compensation

Your primary duty as the plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit is to prove that you have a right to compensation. This means that you must be able to prove four things: 

  • That the defendant owed you a duty of care;
  • That the defendant breached that duty through an act or omission;
  • That your injuries were caused by this breach of duty; and
  • That you suffered actual damages, such as medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering.

There are a lot of ways to prove your right to compensation, including evidence like medical bills and medical records. However, the best offense in a personal injury case is often an expert witness.

Why You Need Expert Witnesses

You need expert witnesses to explain how an injury happened, what caused the injury, and how the injury affected you. For example, instead of simply producing medical bills and records, you should have an expert witness who can not only describe your injuries, but explain how your injuries have and will continue to affect your daily life. 

Expert witnesses are also essential because it is almost certain that the defendant in your case will hire his or her own expert witnesses to raise questions about your injuries. If you do not hire expert witnesses to refute the defendant’s expert witnesses, it can be very detrimental to your case.