The legal process requires injured plaintiffs to prove their damages within a certain degree of certainty. This means that juries cannot simply pick a number they think is fair. It also means they cannot simply guess what happened when the facts are in dispute. In many cases, expert witnesses are necessary to fill these gaps. By extension, this means that expert consultations are an essential tool during pretrial negotiations to demonstrate to the defense what can be expected at trial and promote a settlement.
California’s evidence code allows individuals with demonstrable knowledge, skill, experience, training or education to provide opinion testimony on matters relevant to a particular case. In the context of personal injury, this can include several types of testimony:
Knowing what experts are best suited to address the issues of a particular case is an important skill for attorneys.