Experts That Can Help You Win Your Slip and Fall Claim
Until you are the victim of a slip and fall accident, you may not realize how seriously you can be injured or how complicated these claims for compensation can be. It is not enough to show that you fell at a business or other property. You must prove the business or property owner’s negligence in causing your accident and that your injuries were caused in your fall. Depending on the circumstances in your case, retaining an expert witness may be crucial.
Six Types of Experts Commonly Used in Slip and Fall Cases
An experienced slip and fall accident attorney can help you determine if you need an expert witness and will have a network of qualified experts that you can turn to. It is important to pick someone who is qualified by his experience, education, and training and who has the communication skills to convey his conclusions in a way that the jury will understand. Here are some types of experts who may help you resolve disputes in your case:
Building inspector or engineer. If a building code violation caused or contributed to your fall, this could significantly strengthen your claim against the negligent party. You may need to retain a building inspector or engineer to determine this.
Accident reconstruction expert. When liability is being disputed, an accident reconstruction expert may be necessary to recreate how your slip and fall occurred. They may visit the accident scene and review pictures, surveillance tapes, and eyewitness statements to determine the sequence of events and to create a computer-generated scenario of what happened.
Flooring expert. You may need a flooring or traction expert who can evaluate if friction made the floor dangerously slippery or if other defects in the flooring caused your fall.
Medical expert. In many slip and fall cases, a medical expert will be needed to explain the seriousness of your injuries, how your fall caused them, treatments you need, and your final prognosis.
Vocational expert. If you are unable to return to work or must make a career change due to your injuries, a vocational expert can explain how your injuries limit or prevent you from working and the types of jobs you can perform.
Economic expert. An economic expert can calculate the cost of future medical and wage loss damages that you will incur if you have not fully recovered from your injuries. If you are permanently disabled, he can establish the amount of your lost earning capacity, which is the amount of wages and other benefits of your employment that you will lose during your lifetime. This is important to ensure that you receive all that you deserve in your settlement.
Did you suffer injuries in a slip and fall accident in the Seattle area? Our experienced slip and fall accident attorneys are here to obtain the evidence and expert witnesses you need to prove your right to compensation for your injuries. Call our Bellevue office today to schedule a free consultation with a member of our legal team to learn more.