An attorney’s job is to represent clients in courts using their knowledge of the law. While the best attorneys invest extensive time and effort into preparing for their cases, sometimes specific matters of a lawsuit extend beyond an attorney’s knowledge. In these situations, an expert witness is an extremely useful component to the case. Carlson & Work’s attorneys can provide advice on whether or not an expert witness would be helpful in a case.
Expert Witness Defined
An expert witness is someone who is allowed to testify in court due to their exceptional knowledge in a particular field that is relevant to matters discussed in a case. An expert witness is expected to:
- Give the court their unbiased opinion on certain aspects of a case that is within their expertise.
- Be independent and impartial.
- Give evidence.
- Simplify facts for the juror.
- Help the juries make an informed decision given their shared knowledge.
An expert witness may be necessary when:
- An attorney in the case is unsure if the facts fall beneath the standard of care.
- An expert witness can consult and help educate an attorney on facts beyond the attorney’s knowledge.
- The knowledge is beyond that of an average person.
- An expert witness can explain and simplify the information.
- Damages need to be proven.
- An expert witness can connect a defendant’s actions to economic harm and prove past and future income, present cash value, lost profits, the value of assets, disability, and more.
Examples of Cases that Could Require an Expert Witness
There are several types of cases where an expert witness could be useful. These include:
- Business and insurance litigation.
- Construction accidents.
- Medical and other professional malpractice claims.
- Car accidents.
- Product liability
The decision to call an expert witness depends on the specific aspects of each case. If you are unsure as to whether an expert witness could be helpful in your case, contact the experienced attorneys of Carlson & Work at 775-386-2226 for guidance on the situation.