Types of Expert Witnesses Used in Personal Injury Cases

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Have you been injured in an accident? If so, it’s important to know that there are many types of expert witnesses that can be used in personal injury cases. Some experts may testify about the plaintiff’s injuries, damages, or medical treatment while others will help in estimating future losses.

It is important to have a good understanding of what type of witness is needed for your case and how they can help you win your case. That’s why it’s important to team up with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney to help with your accident claim. 

In this article, we discuss the different types of expert witnesses you may need in your personal injury case.

Medical Experts in Personal Injury Cases

A medical expert is a person who has been educated and trained in the field of medicine and how injuries happen and what needs to be done with them when they do happen. While many people think that doctors are experts, anyone who studied medicine can become one, so long as they have experience working with patients after accidents occur

Forensic Experts in Personal Injury Cases

A forensic expert is a professional with specialized knowledge about how to apply scientific principles to answer questions of interest for legal proceedings. They are particularly helpful in recreating accidents from the available evidence to determine fault.

Mechanical Expert in Personal Injury Cases

An engineering expert may be called upon to provide testimony on mechanical devices and systems that are relevant to the case being tried, such as automobiles, airplanes, or manufacturing equipment. An engineer is often needed to determine the cause of an accident. They are skilled in providing technical evidence that can help prove a personal injury case.

In many cases, engineers will be called on by attorneys to review documents, photographs, and other evidence that was collected from an incident in order to provide opinions and analysis about how it all could have happened.

Chemical Expert in Personal Injury Cases

A chemical expert can offer information concerning toxicology (the study of poisons), chemistry (the science of matter), drugs, pharmaceuticals, and other chemicals-related issues pertinent to the personal injury case. 

A chemical engineer is someone who has extensive knowledge of the chemistry involved in industrial processes or manufacturing. They are typically consulted for their expertise on matters related to chemical engineering, but can also be used as an expert witness in cases such as product liability or personal injury cases.

Economic Expert in Personal Injury Cases

An economic expert will help you understand how much money you’re entitled to in your settlement or verdict after taking into account medical bills, lost wages, and other factors. There are many different types of experts out there who specialize in various areas of economics – so when do you use one? Here are some situations where using an economist might be the right move: 

  • When there is a dispute over what caused the accident (liability) 
  • When determining damages (medical bills, lost wages) 
  • Calculating future losses such as pain and suffering

An economic expert may be one of the most important components in achieving the best possible compensation after your accident.

Seek Professional Assistance After an Accident

Personal injury cases are stressful and complex. You don’t need to tackle the aftermath alone. Contact our office today for a free consultation.

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