If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident, you must prove the other driver's negligence and document the seriousness of your injuries if you want to obtain all the compensation you deserve from their insurance company. While some claims are clear cut, many are not.
The insurance company for the at-fault motorist could raise disputes in your case and fight hard to deny your claim or pay you less than you are owed. One way to defeat their arguments and win your case is to hire an expert witness.
Types of Experts in Motor Vehicle Collision Cases
An expert witness is someone who has expertise in a particular field based on their education, experience, and training. They must be a qualified expert witness in order to be allowed to testify at your jury trial if this becomes necessary.
When hiring an expert witness, we look for people who are highly qualified to give an opinion on a disputed issue in the case and who can explain their findings in a way that a jury can understand. Helpful experts include:
- Medical expert. Because your injuries are at the heart of your claim for compensation, you need a good medical expert who can explain what injuries you suffered, the past and future treatments you need, and your final prognosis. They can also discuss how your medical condition will affect your ability to work and care for yourself.
- Accident reconstruction expert. If the insurance company is disputing who caused your motor vehicle accident, it may be extremely helpful to hire an accident reconstruction expert. They can examine all the evidence, such as witness statements, photos taken at the crash scene, and the police report, and create a reenactment of how your crash occurred and who was to blame for it.
- Economist. If you suffered permanent injuries that require you to change careers or prevent you from working, you might need an economic expert. They can calculate the amount of lost earning capacity damages you should receive to compensate you for the lost income and other job benefits you will lose for the rest of your life.
- Rehabilitation expert. A physical therapist can be useful to explain the seriousness of your injuries and what physical therapy you need now and in the future. A vocational expert can testify about how your injuries affect your ability to work and the job duties you can still perform—if you are not permanently disabled.
- Engineer. If your accident was caused by defective road conditions, you might need an engineer who understands the federal and state regulations governing road construction. They can evaluate how a violation of these rules and defects in the design and construction of a road caused your crash.
Our knowledgeable motor vehicle accident attorneys can identify which experts would help you win your case. We have a network of qualified people we turn to again and again.
Have You Been Injured in a Kansas City-Area Motor Vehicle Accident?
If you've been injured in a motor vehicle accident, you need to speak with an experienced motor vehicle accident lawyer as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Kansas City office directly at 816.471.5111 to schedule your free consultation.