“Expert witnesses” in movies or TV shows often play the role of spoiler or hero at a trial, unearthing vital information or dropping unusual facts on which a case hinges.
However, in law firms and courtrooms in the real world, the role that expert witnesses play is more subdued – but not any less vital.
In most cases, expert witnesses are individuals who have been chosen or permitted to testify at trial as a result of their proficiency in a particular field, relevant to the case at hand. If you have been in a car accident are looking for legal representation, your attorney may call in expert witnesses in order to strengthen and prove your case, including a medical expert witness.
The expert responds to the many questions that may posed by a legal counselor in the court during the course of a legal proceeding. It is important to note that this review can take place before or after a claim has been filed depending on the laws of the state where you accident occurred.
The Role of a Medical Expert Witness in a Car Accident Case
A detailed analysis by an expert can help provide an objective opinion and allows for the claim to be investigated and reviewed in depth. Expert witnesses work, study, specialize or have training in a particular field – meaning that they have the qualification to discuss it in depth.
Typically, they are asked to settle a dispute over a case’s particular aspect. For example, if you are trying to convince jury that a particular injury was the result of an accident, you may enlist a medical expert to take a look at the facts and determine whether it is plausible that those injuries could have been caused by the accident.
Laws vary from state to state and decide who can testify as a medical expert. Your legal representative may call an independent practitioner to review your injury and testify by providing reports or an expert opinion as is required for your case. There are many different types of medical experts, and the type of expert that you may require depends on the unique needs of your car accident case and the nature of your injury, or injuries.
A mental health expert may also be called in to testify whether the accident you were involved in and the injuries you sustained as a result have had an impact on your mental and emotional well-being and your quality of life. They may also discuss how the accident and resulting injuries have affected your state of mind and quality of life.
Types of Medical Expert Witnesses
There are many types of medical expert witnesses that can be called in to testify in court, including:
- First responders, or EMTs
- Medical doctors and family practice physicians
- Forensic toxicologists
- Orthopedic surgeons
- Pain management specialists
- Rehabilitation specialists
- Medical examiners
These medical experts are able to provide their expertise in car accident cases and testify about everything related to your injuries, from the probable cause of the injury to how the remainder of your life will be affected by that injury.
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