In a personal injury case, there can be two different types of witnesses.
One is the person(s) who witnessed the actual event that caused your injuries,
while the other type of witness is an expert witness. These are professional
individuals with certain credentials who are allowed to testify at trial
about various aspects of your case. Their expertise can help a jury better
understand the evidence that is presented.
The use of experts in a personal injury matter is fairly common, especially
in ones involving serious injuries or death. Your
Maryland personal injury attorney will organize a trial strategy and decide what experts are needed to help
you win your case.
Types of Experts Used in Personal Injury Cases
There are a number of different types of expert witnesses whose expertise
may or may not be required in your personal injury case. Some types of
Medical Experts: A doctor may review your injuries and treatment and render an opinion
on the findings. Medical experts can be useful for helping establish an
award for non-economic damages like pain and suffering.
Accident Reconstructionists: These people are specialized in the physics of car accidents. They will
use their expert knowledge and new technology to recreate how the accident
occurred. These are important experts to use in cases involving disputed
Economists: An economist or actuary may be called in when you need assistance proving
your loss of earnings. They can provide feedback on your wages along with
future capability, which can also help establish future losses that might
otherwise be considered speculative and very hard to measure.
Highway Safety Engineers: Someone who specializes in highway safety and engineering may be needed
to give an opinion on traffic and roadway conditions at the time of the loss.
Mental Health Professionals: Some cases may require the use of a mental health professional if your
mental health has been compromised by the accident. They would provide
similar assistance as a medical professional, but render an opinion on
your emotional well-being and how the loss affected your quality of life.
Do I Need to Find My Own Experts?
If you retain an attorney, he or she is the one who will be in charge of
retaining experts. For example, if you are involved in a serious car accident
in Maryland, you may need a medical expert who will provide an opinion
on whether your treatment was reasonable and necessary. Your Maryland
personal injury attorney would be the one who would find the appropriate
expert. Attorneys who represent a lot of clients in personal injury matters
have experts they like to use. This might be a doctor they know juries
love, or someone who specializes in your type of injuries.
Retaining a Maryland Personal Injury Attorney
If you have been in a Maryland car accident or have another personal injury
claim, we recommend calling a knowledgeable plaintiff attorney right away.
The Law Office of Robert R. Castro has decades of experience handling
personal injury matters throughout the state. Call our office at 301-870-1200
to schedule a consultation.