Lay Witnesses vs. Expert Witnesses

Personal injury cases can be confusing and complex. Depending on your circumstance, you may want to provide witnesses to help ensure your case has a favorable outcome. There are two main types of witnesses: expert witnesses and layman witnesses. Our Port St. Lucie personal injury attorney discusses the difference between the two and how they could help your case.

Lay Witnesses

During a personal injury case, the plaintiff must prove that a negligent party failed to take reasonable duty of care and caused your injury. In order to prove this as fact, you must provide evidence of negligence. One way to do this is to gather evidence from anyone who was at the scene of the incident.

A lay witness is a person who does not have any expert, scientific expertise but was there to witness the event unfold or saw something relevant to the case. Something relevant to your case could be a witness who watched you while you were injured or had a previous experience similar to your case. By calling these witnesses to testify, it gives your claim more validity.

Expert Witnesses

Just as there are many types of scientific, medical or engineering fields, there are types of experts you may call to testify. Personal injury cases usually call medical experts to testify the extent of an injury and how the injury may have affected the individual’s life during the healing time. An expert medical witness can also provide insight to any future treatments the plaintiff may need as a result of his or her injury. Expert witnesses can be quite expensive, but can be extremely helpful in proving your case. Thankfully, our Port St. Lucie attorney works on a contingency fee basis, meaning he will cover the costs of the expert witness should you need one and only require payment if he wins your case.

Injured? We Can Help!

If you have been injured by a negligent party, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, loss of pay, and pain and suffering. Our Port St Lucie personal injury attorney has over two decades of experience advising individuals like yourself with their personal injury claims.

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