When you must file a claim for compensation following a car accident, you must prove your right to compensation for your injuries. This is done through the use of evidence. Your testimony, other witness’ testimony, medical records, pay stubs, and other documents are some of the evidence you could need. In addition, if there are disputes in your claim, you may find it helpful to hire an expert witness to help you prove the disputed fact, such as that the negligent driver and not you caused your accident.
What Types of Experts Could Help Your Car Accident Claim?
An expert is a person who is knowledgeable in a particular field due to his education, training, and experience. If you have a qualified expert on your side, this can help you convince the insurance adjuster of the strength of your claim or prove your case at trial and increase the likelihood that you will receive the compensation that you deserve. Commonly used experts in automobile accident cases include:
- Medical expert. A medical expert is vital in auto wreck claims because the victim’s injuries are at the heart of the claim. You may need to retain an independent medical provider as well as your treating physician to issue an opinion as to the seriousness of your injuries, the treatments that you needed and will need, and your prognosis for recovery.
- Accident reconstruction expert. If the cause of an accident is in dispute, an accident reconstruction expert can help you prove the other driver’s negligence. He can examine the crash scene, photographs, and other evidence and use this information to recreate the moments leading to your wreck. He will often use complex computer software that can vividly show what happened.
- Rehabilitation specialists. Physical, vocational, and occupational experts can be helpful to explain how your injuries limit your physical abilities and your ability to work. They can also give an opinion on the training you might need to make a career change due to your injuries and what jobs you could perform if you are unable to return to your former one.
- Economists. If you need future medical care, miss work in the future, or are permanently disabled, you may need the assistance of an economist to calculate these future losses. He can also determine the value of your future earning capacity if you must make a career change or cannot work at all.
- Engineers. When defects in the road contributed to your crash, you could need an engineer who has knowledge of state and federal guidelines on roadway design and construction to prove your claim.
If you were hurt in a wreck caused by a negligent driver, an experienced car accident attorney will determine what experts can help prove your case. To discuss this and how we can help you fight for the compensation you deserve, call our office to schedule a free consultation.