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What witnesses will I need in a personal injury lawsuit?

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Witnesses can be very important to proving the critical elements of your personal injury case. Specifically, witnesses can help you prove someone else’s negligence and liability for your injuries, and witnesses can help you prove the value of your damages and what should be included in your recovery.

Each personal injury case is unique, however. Below, are some of the witnesses that may be useful in a personal injury lawsuit. However the best way to know which witnesses are important to your case is to talk directly with an experienced personal injury lawyer who can evaluate your case and use his experience and education to help you make the right decisions to protect your recovery.

Ten Witnesses to Consider in a Personal Injury Case

Some of the people who may testify in your personal injury case include:

  • Eyewitnesses to the accident.
  • First responders.
  • Accident reconstructionists.
  • Manufacturers or engineers.
  • People who see you doing your daily activities who can testify about how your injuries have impacted your life.
  • Doctors.
  • Life care planners.
  • Vocational experts.
  • Economists.
  • Property specialists such as contractors, builders, inspectors, or security experts.

Of course, not every case needs every type of witness. A car accident case may need witnesses who are different than a slip and fall claim, for example. When you are considering whether a specific witness should testify, it is important to consider the potential value that the witness can bring to your case and whether the witness is trustworthy and believable.

Make Sure You Have the Witnesses You Need

An experienced personal injury lawyer can help you identify the type of witnesses that could help you make a fair personal injury recovery and just as importantly evaluate each specific witness to determine whether that person should testify in your case. Witnesses can be important, but they can also hurt your claim in some cases. Accordingly, if you’ve been hurt and you are considering a personal injury lawsuit, we encourage you to contact us directly any time—24/7/365—to schedule a free consultation with an experienced lawyer who can advise you about how a personal injury lawsuit works and about how to best protect your claim.

Jason F. Abraham
Managing Partner, Hupy and Abraham