When you are in the midst of a personal injury case, you may hear that your attorney wants to bring in an expert witness. But what really makes a witness more than just a witness? What makes them an expert? Joe Knows Law always wants to ensure that our clients understand what is going on in their case every step of the way. Below is a brief explanation about expert witnesses. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to speak to Joe directly about the specific facts of your case.
What Is an Expert Witness?
An expert witness is someone who is hired to testify in a trial that has special knowledge regarding a subject relating to the lawsuit. In order for the witness to be treated as an expert, the attorney for the party calling the expert witness must show that they have the training, special knowledge, and background to be able to testify.
Why Call an Expert Witness?
Attorneys use expert witnesses to prove or disprove a theory in their case. For example, if you sustained a personal injury due to the faulty manufacturing of a tool, you may hire an expert witness. The expert witness would have extensive knowledge about the proper manufacturing of the tool and can verify that it was not put together correctly and that improper assembly could cause personal injury.
Pros/Cons of Expert Witnesses
There are many benefits to hiring an expert witness. They can be very persuasive during a jury trial. They also can help create a much stronger case overall. However, expert witnesses are often incredibly expensive so they must be used sparingly. One expert witness could cost thousands of dollars for a single day of testimony.