Why Expert Witnesses Matter

If you are going through litigation, the stakes are high. You might not get to choose your lay witnesses because they are chosen as a matter of circumstance. Lay witnesses are people who happened to be present at the time of the incident. On the other hand, you have total control over who your expert witnesses are going to be. Within the boundaries set by the standards of evidence, you are free to choose your own expert witnesses.

Even though you may think that most expert witnesses are relatively similar, this isn’t the case. You need to work with a litigation support specialist to find the right expert witness. There are a few reasons why expert witnesses are important.

An Expert Witness Acts as an Intermediary

Legal standards such as Daubert established the precedent that an expert witness has his or her opinion grounded in specialized knowledge. This knowledge is backed by a standard that can be evaluated independently. Therefore, an expert witness provides a sense of both objectivity and consideration to the court’s proceedings. This objectivity is going to play well with the jury. If you present the jury with a bunch of lay witnesses that they know aren’t impartial, they need an intermediary against which they can be judged. This is where an expert witness is vital. With sound explanations backed by the authority of the field, an expert witness will carry a lot of weight.

An Expert Witness can Clarify the Facts

In many cases, the legal team might not be able to evaluate the weight of the evidence without an expert witness. Therefore, the value of this professional far exceeds what takes place on the stands. The evidence could be littered with jargon that is challenging to parse through. If there are multiple ways the evidence can be interpreted, the expert witness can share this with the legal team. This will allow you to prepare accordingly, knowing that the facts might not be interpreted the same way. Furthermore, an expert witness can develop a cogent analysis that you can use in negotiations or in the courtroom.

An Expert Witness Matters

Who you choose to be your expert witnesses are going to matter in many cases. These professionals are going to help jurors understand complex information. They will also provide a sense of credibility that will enhance the strength of your case. Choose your expert witnesses wisely.

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