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Do I Need An Expert Witness for My Calgary Car Accident Case? Part 2

Posted in: Blog // Written on behalf of Cuming & Gillespie
November 21, 2016

As you read in Part 1 of this article, personal injury cases arising out of Calgary car accidents have many components and can be quite complex. Your Calgary personal injury lawyer might choose to consult with various outside experts to help your case, and if your case goes to trial some experts may be called as witnesses to explain various aspects of your case to a judge and/or jury.

Some experts, like accident reconstruction experts and highway/road safety experts, can be helpful in establishing negligence and demonstrating how an accident likely occurred. This can have a significant impact on your case, and an experienced personal injury lawyer will be able to contact Calgary-area experts who can provide the insight and explanations your case needs. Other experts may be called upon to more clearly and accurately demonstrate the damages caused by injuries sustained during the accident, which can be complex and far-reaching.

When you or a family member is seriously injured in a car accident, you deserve to be compensated for the direct and indirect expenses this brings to your life. Not only will you likely have increased medical bills while also missing time at work, but you may experience ongoing pain, reduced capabilities, and other long-term consequences. Certain expert witnesses can help you and your Calgary personal injury lawyer more accurately estimate the total impact of your injuries, and can help explain the estimated costs to a judge and/or jury when necessary.

Medical Experts
Doctors, surgeons, and other medical professionals are frequently called on as advisors in personal injury cases here in Calgary. They can determine how extensive an injury is, what the likelihood of a full recovery versus ongoing problems might be, how specific injuries were caused by the car accident at the root of your personal injury case, and so on. These experts can provide advice and testimony not only on direct medical expenses, but on the impacts your injuries are likely to have on all areas of your life.

Economic Experts
Many injuries caused by Calgary car accidents never fully go away—they can limit your range of motion, your ability to sit or stand for long periods of time, and even reduce your life expectancy. Brain trauma can cause reduced cognitive abilities, periods of mental “fogginess,” and other symptoms. Any of these symptoms can significantly lower your lifetime earning capability, and economic experts can determine the extent of this impact. Your personal injury lawyer may opt to use their expertise as a means of ensuring you and your family are provided for just as you would have been had the accident and your injuries never occurred.

Your Calgary Personal Injury Lawyer Will Handle All Expert Witnesses

Remember, finding expert witnesses for your case isn’t something you need to worry about. An experienced personal injury lawyer practicing in the Calgary area will be able to determine what experts will help your case, and will know who to contact, what questions to ask, and what advice and testimony to secure.

For a free initial consultation with one of Calgary’s leading personal injury lawyers, please contact our office today.

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