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To Hire or Not to Hire an Expert Witness for Your Next Litigation Case?

September 2, 2021

Exploring the Benefits of an Expert Witness

The easy answer here is yes – hire the expert witness. Expert witnesses bring great value to the table. They pack that extra punch – they bring forth the facts, the research, and the knowledge that is only possessed by a true expert. Expert witnesses have valuable insight that you won’t find anywhere else. With their testimony, you are more likely to settle your case quickly. A true expert witness can carry their own weight because they are informative and accurate. In fact, out of all the types of evidence that can be presented, expert testimony is among the most powerful. Expert witness testimony, when it is presented by someone who is experienced in giving testimony, can go a long way in educating a judge or jury about a particular matter. Providing this information helps the judge or jury see why a matter should be decided in favor of the defense or the prosecution.

Expert Witnesses Are Objective

Your expert witness should be objective and impartial. It is important that you vet your expert thoroughly. You want to stay away from “hired guns” who will say anything to get paid, as this type of expert could easily be scrutinized and cause your case to lose strength. A good expert witness is going to be a high-caliber individual who can present whatever topic they are discussing in a clear and easy-to-understand way – it does not matter if they are talking about something that is simple or complicated. At the same time, an expert witness will maintain a level of professional demure that makes it clear to the judge and jury that they, as an expert witness, are a professional.

Expert Testimony Is Valuable

One must spend money to make money. This is a sore point for many. As a general rule, the benefit of bringing an expert aboard must exceed the cost of the experts themselves. However, the value that an expert brings to the table is not always recognized properly. I often ask my clients this question: do you want the closest expert, or do you want the best expert? They may not be one in the same. Cases have been lost due to attorney and client frugality. One cannot overstate the impact that a good expert witness can have on a jury to come to a decision, even in the most complicated of cases.

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Written By Joslyn Jondahl, Senior Director, Expert by Big Village.