The Importance of Expert Witnesses in New York Personal Injury Cases

A serious personal injury can change your life forever. You may be unable to work, drive, or carry out activities you once enjoyed. If a negligent party is at fault, you deserve compensation for your injuries. But before you can recover damages, you need to file a successful claim. One of the keys to obtaining maximum compensation after a personal injury accident in the Bronx is to make sure your lawyer knows how to use expert witnesses.

Witness can provide relevant testimony that supports your accident claim

Your injuries, photographs/videos, the scene of the accident, and witness testimonies all contribute towards your accident narrative. Since New York is a “pure comparative negligence” state, having witnesses who can testify on your behalf, especially experts, will go a long way towards helping you recover fair damages.

Pure comparative negligence means that the damages you can recover are directly proportional to your fault in the accident. Thus, if you are trying to obtain $100,000 in damages, but the court finds you were 30 percent at fault, you would only be entitled to recover $70,000.

The relevant testimony of expert witnesses can bolster your claim that another person was responsible so that you can receive the maximum amount of compensation.

Who can be an expert witness?

According to Federal Rule of Evidence 702, any person “qualified as an expert by knowledge, skill, experience, training, or education,” may be used as an expert witness. That said, here is a list of the most common expert witnesses used in personal injury cases:

      • Medical doctors
      • Pain management specialist
      • Rehabilitation specialist
      • Phone record analyst
      • Medical examiner
      • Car accident reconstructionist

When hiring a lawyer, make sure you retain the services of an experienced counselor who understands the importance of expert witnesses. A knowledgeable personal injury attorney will likely have a comprehensive roster of expert witnesses they can use to help support your claim.

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Evan W. Kohn is an experienced personal injury attorney serving the New York City area. He handles cases ranging from auto accidents to personal injury, Slip and falls, truck accidents, and medical malpractice.