Car accident attorneys often rely on a team of expert witnesses to help demonstrate the defendant’s negligence, establish the defendant’s liability, and confirm the value of the plaintiff’s damages. Even seemingly straightforward car accidents can benefit from the experience and knowledge of an expert witness. Many car accident victims are unaware of the range of expert witnesses available to testify in their claim.
The auto accident attorneys of Osborne & Francis have leveraged the insight of expert witnesses to maximize our clients compensation in car accident lawsuits for nearly a decade. If you have been injured in a car accident caused by someone else’s negligent behavior, reach out to us at (561) 678-0156 or contact our offices in Boca Raton or Orlando to schedule a free case evaluation to discuss the legal options available to you.
1. Accident Reconstruction Specialist
In the aftermath of a car accident, the details of the exact sequence of events may be unclear. However, knowing what each driver was doing at the time of the crash, where it happened, what the weather conditions were, and a number of other factors are critical to establishing liability. After seeking medical care, hire a car accident lawyer to connect you with an accident reconstructionist.
An accident reconstruction specialist will recreate a model of the scene of the accident, accounting for a number of factors. Using photos of the scene, security camera footage, an examination of the car itself, and other evidence, an accident reconstruction expert can help estimate things like the speed of both cars and the point of impact to ascertain who is at fault.
2. Medical Expert
Medical experts can explain the extent of your car accident injuries and offer insight as to how your injuries might impact you throughout the course of your life. This information is valuable when attempting to establish the value of your damages. For example, if you sustained a spinal cord injury, the first year of treatment can cost 1 million dollars for more severe cases. Over the course of your lifetime, a spinal cord injury will likely require hundreds of thousands of dollars more in medical care, which a medical expert would be able to explain.
Additionally, medical experts provide credibility and verify that your injuries were sustained during the course of your car accident. It is beneficial to have a medical professional demonstrate to a skeptical judge or jury, especially if you already had prior unrelated injuries, that the injuries in question were the result of another driver’s reckless behavior.
Economists are invaluable assets when it comes to calculating the value of a plaintiff’s economic damages. For example, say that your car was totaled and you sustained injuries that kept you out of work for a few weeks. They can help evaluate the cost of your labor in the context of your field, your experience, and the current market.
Additionally, one of the most important functions of an economist as an expert witness is their ability to project the value of future losses. In the case of catastrophic injuries, you may continue to accumulate medical bills and miss work, but it can be difficult to determine exactly how much that would be worth because it hasn’t happened yet. An economist will be able to examine your personal records and economic forecasts and present the fact finders with a clear, reliable account of the plaintiff’s damages.
4. Mental Health Expert
In a car accident lawsuit, plaintiffs can recover non-economic damages in addition to economic damages, such as pain and suffering. One of the most effective ways to do this is by engaging the services of a mental health expert. They will be able to speak to how the car accident and your injuries have impacted your mental health and overall quality of life from a professional perspective.
For example, let’s say that a speeding car T-boned you, resulting in multiple broken bones in your left arm. As a result, you are no longer able to paint, which is your outlet for stress that comes with your high-demand job. You also struggle to perform household tasks while your arm heals. A mental health expert will be able to evaluate these emotional losses, which will aid in the subjective process of calculating non-economic damages.
5. Vocational Experts
After being injured in a car accident, a vocational expert can explain how your injuries are likely to impact your ability to perform your job, and how they may impact your career in the long term. For example, let’s say that you work in construction. The jury may not necessarily have the background knowledge to understand the requirements of your job and how your serious shoulder injury precludes you from performing those tasks.
A vocational expert would be able to explain the parameters of your job and the limitations of your injury. In the case of a permanent disability, vocational experts can explain why your job is no longer a viable option due to your injury. This would help indicate that you deserve compensation for damages like job retraining or reduced earning capacity.
Why Should I Choose Osborne & Francis to Represent Me?
The auto accident attorneys of Osborne & Francis have helped clients secure fair settlements for their car accident injuries for nearly a decade with great success. We owe this to our firm’s focus on aggressively pursuing compensation while offering our clients the personal attention they deserve.
At Osborne & Francis, our team has developed a reputation for being formidable negotiators who are diligent, thorough, and detail-oriented. Our team has access to reputable expert witnesses who can greatly benefit your auto accident claim in terms of establishing liability and proving the value of your damages.
Contact Osborne & Francis to Speak with an Experienced Car Accident Attorney Today
Florida car accidents can leave drivers and passengers alike with life-altering or even life-threatening injuries. These injuries can cause financial harm, such as overwhelming medical bills and lost wages, as well as take an emotional toll on the injured party and their family. Our team at Osborne & Francis has the legal knowledge, strategic instincts, and work ethic needed to manage your claim.
You can trust our team of personal injury lawyers to negotiate with your best interests in mind and take advantage of the resources at our disposal, such as expert witnesses. As seasoned trial attorneys, we are prepared to escalate your car accident claim to court if the insurance company refuses to offer a fair settlement that acknowledges the true value of your damages.
The car accident lawyers of Osborne & Francis understand that it’s critical to maximize your compensation for your injuries, and we will go above and beyond to meet that goal. You can reach us at (561) 678-0156 or contact our offices in Boca Raton or Orlando to schedule a free case evaluation to learn more about the process of filing a personal injury claim and the services we offer.