Types of Expert Witnesses for Personal Injury Cases

Types of Expert Witnesses for Personal Injury Cases

If you are the plaintiff in a personal injury case, you might end up needing an expert witness to help support your case. There are several types of expert witnesses your attorney might consider utilizing during your trial. The following are a few different types of expert witnesses you might encounter during your personal injury lawsuit.

Medical Experts

A medical expert is helpful if you need expert testimony about your specific injury, prognosis and/or treatment options. A medical expert might also testify about how the injury will affect your life going forward. If your case is a medical malpractice case, it is very likely that you will need a medical expert to testify.

Mental Health Experts

If you are seeking damages for psychological or emotional distress, you might need a mental health expert to testify to how the accident has impacted you emotionally and mentally. This might apply for damages including pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment and/or emotional distress.

Accident Reconstruction Experts

Experts in accident reconstruction help determine exactly what happened during the accident. They can use models and special computer programs to determine the physics of the accident. They may be able to determine the speed the vehicles were going leading up to the crash and the force of the impact, and they can even help prove how the accident caused your injuries.

Vocational Specialist

If your injuries have affected your ability to work, you might need the testimony of a vocational expert. These experts testify about the types of jobs available to you, as well as the effect your injury will have on your ability to perform any type of work. This testimony might be necessary if you are seeking damages for lost earning capacity.

There are a host of other expert witnesses that might be used in specific cases. For instance, if a defective roadway was partially responsible for your accident, you might need an engineering expert to testify to the defective design. Your attorney will be able to help determine if and when you should hire an expert witness for your case.

“Expert witnesses can oftentimes make a big difference in the outcome of personal injury cases,” said Attorney Walter Clark, founder of Walter Clark Legal Group.

Our firm has been handling personal injury cases throughout the California Low Desert and High Desert communities for over 30 years. With a 95% success rate, the California personal injury attorneys at Walter Clark Legal Group will fight to hold those responsible for your loss accountable and win compensation to cover medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If you have been injured in an auto accident and want to discuss your legal options, contact us today at (760) 777-7777 for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury lawyer. We have offices in Indio, Rancho Mirage, Victorville, and Yucca Valley and represent clients through the entire California Low Desert and High Desert communities.

DISCLAIMER: The Walter Clark Legal Group blog is intended for general information purposes only and is not intended as legal or medical advice. References to laws are based on general legal practices and vary by location. Information reported comes from secondary news sources. We do handle these types of cases, but whether or not the individuals and/or loved ones involved in these accidents choose to be represented by a law firm is a personal choice we respect. Should you find any of the information incorrect, we welcome you to contact us with corrections.