What is an expert?

An expert can be anyone with extensive knowledge or experience in a unique discipline or professional field beyond that of the average lay person. In a case, if technical, scientific, or other specialized knowledge is determined to be necessary to help to understand the evidence or to determine a fact in issue, an expert witness may be called upon.

Expert witnesses often play an important role in civil litigation by using their experience and knowledge to reach just conclusions.

Experts are often brought in for particular cases. The most common cases that require expert opinion deal with:

Insurance Claims

NOTE: Before the trial begins, expert witnesses are required to compile a report summarizing their analysis & conclusions. This report must be shared with all other parties.

What is the role of an expert witness?

Expert witnesses can play a number of vital roles in litigation. An expert may be a consultant or advisor and can work behind the scenes or be called upon in court to give their expert opinions.

Consulting experts are used to investigate facts in a case, which may include researching scientific, technical, or medical concerns that arise. The most important role an expert can play is in helping an attorney and his or her client gain a more thorough comprehension of the expert’s area of expertise as it relates to the case at hand. Attorneys then use this knowledge to present their cases.

Experts play particularly important roles in cases involving such issues relating to medical malpractice, where the law leans heavily on medical, technical, or scientific determinations to establish misconduct. This same expert has the ability to later testify at trial, in which case they would be referred to as an expert witness.

What is considered expert evidence?

Expert evidence, in practical terms, is opinion evidence backed by scientifically supported conclusions. Lay witnesses may only give evidence of fact, while experts are free to make connections based on their analysis and vast experience.
While experts are free to draw conclusions, they must still provide as much detail as needed to help the court decide whether the expert’s opinion should be accepted.
Generally, expert evidence is considered to be:  

  • Factual evidence requiring expertise in its explanation and presentation
  • Clarification or simplification of technical/scientific/medical terms, topics, and cases
  • Factual analysis and interpretation of specific cases relating to to the experts area of expertise
  • Opinions based on facts cited as evidence within the case

Finding an Expert Witness

Expert Witness
Whether you need an expert for consultation or to testify at trial, their qualifications should surpass expectations. All experts require specialized knowledge, skills, education, and training in an area of expertise, directing relating to the issues specific to your case.

Educational credentials may vary from the expert’s college degrees to the reputation of the institution that awarded them. At Litili, llc. we qualify all the experts we use, assist in scheduling, and ensure that they are available for legal appointments until your case is concluded.