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The Importance of an Expert Witness in a Personal Injury Case

When you have been injured because of someone else’s carelessness or negligence, even if liability is not an issue, getting full and fair compensation for all your losses can be a complicated affair. The full extent of your injuries may not be apparent on the surface. You may need long term medical care, including physical therapy or rehabilitation. You may be unable to return to the life you once had. In these types of situations, expert witnesses are critical in helping establish the factual support to allow you to recover all the damages to which you are entitled.

The Value of Expert Witnesses in a Personal Injury Case

Expert witnesses provide invaluable support in personal injury claims, helping attorneys establish both the cause and the full extent of damages:

  • Expert testimony to establish cause/liability—Because the factors that lead to an accident can be complicated, experts are often crucial in demonstrating who caused the accident and how. In motor vehicle accidents, accident reconstruction specialists can show the impact that different rates of speed had, as well as the effect of other potentially contributing factors, such as roadway defects. Engineers are frequently consulted as expert witnesses to address design and manufacturing issues, particularly in product liability claims, but also in other types of personal injury cases.
  • Expert testimony regarding damages—Medical professionals are customarily used to clarify the nature and extent of injuries suffered, as well as the care that will be needed and the likelihood of complete recovery. Medical testimony typically goes hand-in-hand with testimony from financial planners or other financial experts, who will calculate the actual costs of medical care, as well as any other services or goods necessary to address your injuries.

Contact the Attorneys at Metzger & Kleiner

To schedule an appointment with an experienced Philadelphia personal injury lawyer, contact us by e-mail or call our office at 215-622-2210 in Philadelphia, 610-563-2186 in the Lehigh Valley, or toll free at 800-228-1760. There is no charge for your first consultation.

We handle all personal injury claims on a contingency basis. We won’t charge attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.

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