In the legal field, a strategy is everything. Putting in the effort to plan out how to win a case from start to finish may pay off more than trying to wing it. While not every aspect can be accounted for at the onset, many elements can be foreseen and a strategy implemented on how to address it. One tool you should consider having in your pocket is an expert witness. These valuable allies may mean the difference between a win and a loss.
What Does an Expert Witness Do?
There are a variety of scenarios that make having expert witness testimony conducive to a case. In medical malpractice cases, an expert may testify as to the ways the medical facility or provider acted negligently in handling the patient. The expert in this type of case should be on the same level as the person you are trying to disprove. For example, if the doctor at fault is a brain surgeon, the expert witness should be the same.
Does the Expert Have To Prepare or Court?
An expert witness does not just show up on the day of court and testify. There is a lot of prep that goes into being an expert witness. A thorough review of the entire record is required, and once this is complete, the expert writes a report that gives their opinion on what went wrong (or right) and why they came to that conclusion.
Do You Pay an Expert Witness?
An expert witness is providing a service for your case. As such, they do get paid. The amount they charge is usually related to their experience in the field, the specialty they are called to testify in and their availability. The more clout an expert carries, the more expensive they most likely are. If your case relies heavily on an expert, you may want to make your budget fit the charge.
Retaining an expert to provide support for your case is worth considering. In many instances, the court will take this expert’s opinion into careful consideration.