Do You Need an Expert Witness for Your Child’s Birth Injury Case?

Serious and confident male doctorBefore your child can recover damages in a birth injury lawsuit, you are going to have to prove what caused your child’s injuries and the value of those injuries. This will require you to provide evidence about what happened to your child, about your child’s health, and about your child’s future. While certain documents, such as your child’s medical records, will be important, expert witness testimony may also be important.

Expert Witnesses Who May Help You

Your child’s claim may benefit from one or more expert witnesses who can help you establish that the doctor, nurse, midwife, or hospital was negligent or who can help you prove the value of your child’s future damages.

Experts who may help you establish that the defendant failed to provide reasonable care to you or your child during pregnancy, labor, or delivery include a(n):

  • Obstetrician.
  • Nurse.
  • Hospital administrator.
  • Pediatrician.
  • Neonatologist.
  • Perinatologist.
  • Pediatric neurologist.
  • Developmental psychologist.
  • Pathologist.

These experts may also help you prove that the failure to provide reasonable care was the proximate cause of your child’s injuries.

Once negligence has been established, other expert witnesses may help you prove the value of your child’s future injuries. These types of witnesses may include:

  • Rehabilitation therapists such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech and language pathologists.
  • Life-care planners.
  • Economists.

While not every case requires an expert witness, many birth injury lawsuits benefit from one or more expert witnesses.

Do You Need an Expert Witness?

Before you begin working with an expert witness, it is important to consider whether you really need an expert witness. Expert witnesses can be expensive and you want to make sure that it is worth the cost before you hire one. If you decide that an expert witness is worth the expense, then you want to make sure that you hire the right one for your case.

Litigation decisions can be difficult to make. However, our experienced birth injury lawyers know when experts may be helpful and how to find the right expert witnesses for each of our clients. If you would like more information about how we can help you get the evidence that you need to prove your claim, please contact us today for a free and confidential consultation.

Matthew L. White
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Founder & Partner of Louisville Personal Injury Law Firm Gray & White Law
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