No matter if a case is founded in
car accident liability,premises liability,
medical malpractice, negligent hiring and/or retention, or any other, an expert may need to
testify in support of a plaintiff if the plaintiff’s case is to
be successful. It is important to balance the expense of such experts
with the return they can help prove in your case. This is a necessary
experienced Newburgh personal injury attorneys have after years of practice and handling many different experts.
The expert common to all cases is the economist. This is because an element
to be proved in all negligence cases is “damages” and recovery
cannot be obtained without a showing of damages. Compensatory damages
seek to place the plaintiff in the position in which he would have been
had the defendant not committed negligence. Common damages from which
plaintiffs seek to recover are lost wages, medical expenses, lost earning
potential, physical and educational rehabilitation, among others.
Proving these losses will require an expert to quantify these losses. While
past losses might be easier to quantify, future losses need expert analysis.
For example, a plaintiff who can no longer work in his or her previous
position, the value of promotions, lost benefits, and pension contributions
need to be accounted for. Additionally, inflation needs to be addressed
when determining the value of future wages.
As mentioned above, rehabilitation both physical and vocational is frequently
a service needed by an injured plaintiff. Rehabilitation experts will
testify as to how injuries have impacted the plaintiff in the present,
they will explain the injuries themselves and the rehabilitation needed
to address the injuries, and they will testify as to why the plaintiff
may need vocational re-training because the plaintiff will need to find
a new line of work suitable for his or her physical impairments.
Another expert, the life care planning expert, is common to many cases
with prolonged or continuing injuries because this person will testify,
based on his expert opinion, as to the present and future needs of injury
victims. A life care planner is needed to explain what the victim will
need during his or her life in terms of medical treatment and care as
a result of the injuries sustained due to another’s negligence.
Are you interested in learning more about the various kinds of personal
injury experts? Visit our latest article for more on the wide-variety
of experts and
how they can maximize your compensation here.
Our personal injury attorneys at
Mainetti, Mainetti, and O’Connor, P.C. have over 100 years of combined experience working with victims of personal
injury accidents throughout New York. We understand how to effectively
represent clients who have been injured in serious personal injury accidents,
particularly throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley region in Kingston, Poughkeepsie,
and Newburgh where we have offices. Hear
what our clients are saying about us here and learn about just some of our
successful results here. If you or a loved one has been injured in a personal injury accident,
please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 845-340-HURT (4878) or
toll free at 866-440-4452, or by using the
convenient contact form here.