How to Use Witnesses in a Personal Injury Claim
Witnesses can be extremely valuable when it comes to your personal injury claim. So many times, these cases come down to the word of the claimant versus the word of the defendant, which makes it difficult for injured parties to receive the damages they deserve. Quality witnesses can tip the scales in your favor.
Any time you have suffered an accident or an injury, you should scan the area for witnesses and, if you are physically able, get their information. You should write down all of their names and contact information, as well as a summary of what they saw and where they were while they witnessed the accident. If your potential witnesses seem cooperative, you could ask them to create a written statement.
If you sustained an injury in a motor vehicle accident, you could also get a copy of the police report, as it could contain information about witnesses who spoke to officers at the scene. You also have the option to use expert witnesses in your case. Experts in certain fields can provide extremely useful testimony that can explain complicated subject areas for lay people, such as judges, juries and insurance adjusters. Types of expert witnesses include:
- Medical experts, who can testify about the extent of your injuries, resulting disabilities and the relation of those injuries to your accident.
- Economic experts, who can testify about the types of financial losses you experienced or will experience because of your injury.
- Accident reconstruction experts, who specialize in analyzing and explaining how the collision occurred.
- Construction experts, who testify about unsafe workplace conditions.
For more information and guidance on the witnesses you should seek for your personal injury lawsuit, speak with a respected Brooklyn attorney at Rubenstein & Rynecki by calling 718-522-1020 or contacting us online.