As you build your personal injury case, you might reach out
to on-the-scene witnesses to corroborate details of an accident or incident
that they also experienced or observed firsthand. In court, these witnesses can
testify regarding real facts and events. But ordinary witnesses are not the
only people who can offer valid testimony that might bolster your case: certain
professionals with relevant expertise can also provide valuable opinions based
on their experience, giving particular insight into the circumstances of your
case or condition. These individuals are known as expert witnesses.
What is an expert witness?
Expert witnesses are professionals engaged by either the
plaintiff’s or defendant’s legal team for the purpose of providing an objective
opinion on a particular topic. Typically, expert witnesses are paid for their
services. Unlike on-the-scene witnesses of an accident, experts cannot report
or corroborate facts—instead they interpret facts and connect them to the case
at hand based on their area of specialty.
Who can be an expert witness?
Not just anyone can serve as an expert witness. According to
the Federal Rules of
Evidence, only those with specific relevant “knowledge, skill, experience,
training, or education” are qualified to provide their opinions when
There are a number of different types of expert witnesses who
might be of use in a Texas personal injury case, including the following:
professionals – Doctors, surgeons, nurses, or other practitioners who can
speak to the severity of an injury, recovery times, treatments needed over
time, disability caused, etc.
experts – Professionals who can offer insight into the emotional damages an
injury victim might suffer, such as distress, loss of a loved one, or other
types of non-financial pain and suffering
management specialists – Experts who can describe potential pain management
needs, accessibility requirements, in-home care, etc.
specialists – Occupational therapists or other vocational professionals who
can estimate time and wages lost
reconstructionists – Professionals who can recreate an accident scene and
the events that transpired to cause it
record analysts – Experts who can analyze phone records and determine phone
use, particularly leading up to an accident
Contact an experienced Texas attorney when you need expert witness support
for your personal injury case
At Burwell Nebout Trial Lawyers, our personal injury lawyers work with a network of expert witnesses who can provide invaluable support on a wide range of matters relevant to your injury lawsuit. Contact us online to learn more, or call (281) 645-5000 to schedule a free consultation today.