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Who Testifies at a Trial in a Personal Injury Case?

In the typical automobile accident trial, in District Court, the driver[s] and other witnesses [if any], and anyone who is claiming injury testify before the court, sitting without a jury. It is rare, but occasionally a treating physician or therapist testifies live in court. It is even rarer still, but sometimes a Plaintiff will have a "damages witness" - a person that can give testimony regarding the nature and extent of the Plaintiff's injuries based on first-hand observation.  Usually, though, the medical records and bills are submitted without live medical testimony.

In Circuit Court, the stakes in a personal injury case are higher. 

Usually, and accordingly, in addition to the above parties and witnesses, a treating doctor or therapist testifies, live, or by video deposition. Sometimes the thorough Baltimore personal injury lawyer employs experts [e.g. a reconstructionist, engineer, law enforcement officer, or the like.] The trial of a personal injury case can be complex. If you are involved in litigation, or are headed that way, and do not have an attorney, you need to consult with one immediately.

     -This Article was updated by Eric Kirk on 6/18/19. 

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Eric T Kirk

After graduating with honors from Albany Law School in New York, Eric Kirk has spent most of his 25 year legal career battling insurance companies to secure fair and just compensation for his clients in Maryland, New York, and Florida.