In asbestos lawsuits it is not uncommon for an expert witness to be a part of a case. Expert witnesses provide important information to the jury that would not be common knowledge. This article will discuss the key roles an expert witness plays in an asbestos-mesothelioma litigation case.
The Role of an Expert Witness
In asbestos-mesothelioma lawsuits, experts in medicine and economics provide written reports based on what they know about the claimant. In most cases, these reports include the claimant’s medical records, pathology samples or financial documentation. Asbestos professionals are required to look and review your work history. Once the written report is served, experts often give testimony in depositions. Such testimony is crucial to getting a defendant to make reasonable settlement offers. In most cases, an attorney will hire one expert in a specific area. However, more may be required if there’s a negative report about your case.
If the case goes to trial, experts testify with regards to the conclusions about your health and asbestos exposure. However, expert witnesses are available to both the plaintiff and the defendant. As a result, defendants present their own expert witnesses who contradict the testimony of the plaintiff’s expert witnesses. The jury weighs the opinions of the experts on each side.
Expert Witness Experience
It is important to note that expert witnesses in asbestos cases are not new to testifying in court. Rather, it is likely that they have been testifying for dozens or even hundreds of other asbestos-related cases. Their already well-known reputations are what increase their credibility in the eyes of the jury.
It is important to note that, the plaintiff is not expected to find his or her own expert witness. Rather, it is the asbestos-mesothelioma lawyer who finds expert witnesses for the case. Experienced mesothelioma lawyers already have relationships with expert witnesses and as such, find one tailored to your case needs.