Will I Need Expert Witnesses for My Texas Wrongful Death Claim?
Wrongful death cases tend to deal with damages that are not tangible, such as lost of society, loss of companionship, and loss of love. Because of this, it is important that you have expert witnesses who can accurately relay the extent of the non-physical damages you have suffered to a jury while demonstrating the death of your loved one was the result of negligence or reckless behavior.
What Is an Expert Witness and How Can They Help My Claim?
Expert witnesses, also called judicial experts, are additional witnesses who by virtue of education, training, skill, or experience are considered to have expertise and specialized knowledge that is beyond what an average person would have.
In the court room, they are recognized as having an expert opinion that carries considerable weight and may also deliver expert evidence using facts from the field of their expertise. Opinions offered by expert witnesses can be used to demonstrate negligence in an accident as well as assess damages and costs sustained by the plaintiff.
Because experts and fields of expertise are highly specialized and compartmentalized, it is vital that your attorney has access to the right expert for your case. At Thomas J. Henry, we secure the best expert witnesses for your case. Each expert witness we engage has been thoroughly examined and questioned before ever participating in your case. In utilizing expert witnesses, it is vital that you research each and every person before employing them for your case. We have spent a tremendous amount of time in selecting our experts and only use the best in the nation for our clients.
What Kinds of Damages Can an Expert Witness Help Prove?
In Texas, when a death claim is filed, the spouse, child, or parent of the decedent is the plaintiff and that family member is seeking damages caused by the loss of their loved one.
Damages often cited in a wrongful death claim include:
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of love and emotional support
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of society
Because many of these damages are considered “non-economic”, calculating their financial value and demonstrating that value to a jury can be difficult. This is where an expert witness can prove invaluable. Having a specialist who is able to break down the toll that grief, guilt, and anguish can take on a person who has lost their spouse, child, or parent can help a jury understand that your pain is real and that you are entitled to relief.
What Kind of Experts Will Be Used in My Wrongful Death Case?
Depending on the circumstances leading up to your loved ones death, your attorney may call multiple expert witnesses. For example, if your loved one was killed on the job your attorney may consult with workplace safety compliance experts, OSHA consultants, and industrial engineers. If the death of your loved one was the result of a trucking accident, expert witnesses could include FMCSA compliance consultants, forensic engineers, and accident re-constructionists.
When it comes to proving your damages, expert witnesses often include psychologists, psychiatrists, grief counselors, and forensic accountants.
Contact an Experienced Wrongful Death Attorney
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligence of an individual, company, or other entity, contact Thomas J. Henry. Our experienced wrongful death attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to talk with you and your family about your potential case. At Thomas J. Henry, we offer a free case review, and you don’t owe a thing unless we win your case. Our results speak loudly of our success in obtaining successful verdicts, settlements, and judgments for our clients. Let us help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve.