What is an Expert Witness in a New York Personal Injury Case?

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If you suffer a personal injury as the result of another party’s negligence, you will likely file a personal injury claim with the hopes of being compensated for your suffering. In a personal injury case, you will have to prove that your injuries are the direct result of another person or party’s wrongdoing or negligence. If it goes to court, one of the best ways to support your case is by using expert witness testimony.

Witness testimonies can make or break a personal injury case. In a personal injury case, there are generally two types of witness, people who were at the scene of the accident and can describe to the court what they saw, and expert witnesses, such as doctors and other specialists who can provide important testimony about the nature of your injuries, diagnosis and what it means for your future.

Who can be an expert witness?

An expert witness can provide relevant testimony that supports your accident claim. Since there are so many different types of personal injury claims, there are a diverse range of experts who can be summoned to appear in court.

Listed below are some of the most common types of expert witnesses in personal injury claims:

      • Medical doctors. A medical expert can testify about the nature of your injuries, your prognosis and what kind of treatment you will need to recover. This information can be crucial when calculating the value of your personal injury claim.
      • First responders. Sometimes EMTs, firefighters or police who were at the scene of the accident can testify. Their testimony can corroborate injuries that were suffered and serve to help reconstruct what took place.
      • Car accident reconstructionist. This specific class of experts specialize in reconstructing accidents by analyzing the physics of an accident, considering various factors such as the speed the vehicles were moving, their direction and the force of impact. Their role is to reconstruct the accident and present it to the courts in order to prove a link between the victim’s injuries and the accident.
      • Phone record analysts. Many automobile accidents these days are caused by people using their cellphones while driving. A phone record analyst can obtain a driver’s cell phone records to determine if they were using it when the accident occurred.

Reach out to our experienced New York personal injury attorneys

Filing a personal injury claim correctly can be a complicated process that requires the assistance of a knowledgeable Yonkers personal injury attorney. At Sayegh and Sayegh Law we have over 70 years of combined experience and have recovered millions of dollars in claims on behalf of our clients.

For a consultation, contact us online or give us a call today at (914) 968-5800.