Whenever there is legal litigation it’s very often necessary to use the testimony of experts as well as having consultants that can advise on cases. Whenever a matter is complex or highly important these consultants and experts are able to fully explain details that are needed to prove or disprove a point. Here we will take a look and the type of expert witnesses we provide, and how they help in legal cases.
What Qualifies Someone To Testify As An Expert?
Typically an expert witness will hold a degree in a specialized area or they will have substantial experience or a proven skill in that area of knowledge. If the expert is testifying on behalf of the psychological state of an individual, then they will be a licensed psychologist with specific knowledge in the area that they are testifying for. If it’s a case where someone has been injured or killed in a shooting, then there may be an expert in DNA testing or someone who is an expert in gunshots that can provide useful testimony regarding the particulars of a case.
An expert can serve as someone who consults with an attorney who is preparing a case, or they can serve as a witness in the case during litigation. There are also situations where an expert will provide a legal affidavit where the expert gives written testimony in a particular case.
There are many cases that a lawyer will be faced with a situation where they know the law but not the particulars of an area of expertise. As an example, if the lawyer is facing a medical malpractice, then they may lack specific knowledge that surrounds reasonable and unreasonable practices within the medical field. In this case, the lawyer will hire an expert consultant that has the necessary experience in the particular area of medical malpractice with which the lawyer has a case.
Experts are commonly used for a variety of testing on evidence in a particular case. As an example, if an employee is suing a company because the machinery they were using was not up to standard, then an expert will be called in to run tests to verify this information. Very often, if a company is being sued they too may call in an expert to refute other experts findings.
How Do We Help Ensure That An Expert Consultant Or Witness Is Right For You?
One of the most important things that we look for when providing an expert consultant or witness is whether or not they are compatible with the attorney and the particular case at hand. If the expert can’t get along with the lawyer or understand the attorney’s needs, then that expert is not going to work in that situation. When it comes to providing experts and expert witnesses for legal cases we work with our clients to make sure that they not only get genuine experts but witnesses that can work with the attorney and the particular legal case in a way they are most needed.