Expert witnesses play a key role in the outcome of injury cases, from car accident lawsuits to medical malpractice litigation to product liability claims. In many cases, a sustained opinion from an expert is required to establish plaintiff’s assertions before the case even makes it to the trial phase.
For this reason, it’s imperative for personal injury attorneys to explore any issues that may challenge the credibility of an expert witness testifying for the defense.
One way that this can be done is by analyzing the witness’s bias for the defense. In many cases, defendant includes an insurance company. These are large corporations and they routinely will use the same witnesses or the same witness providers time and again. This means a substantial portion of these witnesses’ income is derived from insurance company testimony.