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On Behalf of | May 27, 2024

The role of expert witnesses in premises liability cases

On Behalf of | May 27, 2024 | Personal Injury

Premises liability cases involve injuries that occur on someone else’s property due to unsafe conditions.

Expert witness testimony can greatly influence the outcome of the case.

Clearly explain complex concepts

Premises liability cases often involve technical details that are difficult for the average person to understand. For example, if someone slips and falls in a store, the case might require an explanation of building codes or flooring materials. Expert witnesses have the necessary expertise to explain these details clearly and accurately so judges and juries understand complex issues.

Safety experts

Safety experts witnesses analyze the conditions that led to the accident. They can explain if the property owner followed safety regulations and if the accident was preventable. Their analysis helps determine if the property owner was negligent.

Medical experts

Medical experts provide testimony about the injuries sustained in the accident. They explain the severity of the injuries, the treatment required and the potential long-term effects. This information helps establish the extent of the damages suffered by the injured party.

Engineering experts

Engineering experts evaluate the structural aspects of a property. They might examine the design of a staircase, the stability of a handrail or the integrity of a walkway. Their testimony can reveal if a structural issue contributed to the accident.

Economic experts

Economic experts assess the financial impact of the injuries. They calculate lost wages, medical expenses and other costs associated with the accident. Their testimony helps quantify the financial damages that the injured party should receive.

Expert witness testimony helps ensure a clear presentation of the facts in a case so the judge and jury can make a fair decision. Without expert witnesses, it would be much more difficult to prove negligence and to accurately determine the damages owed to the injured party.

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