At the Law Office of Ian Zimmerman, we recognize that well-qualified expert witnesses are often required to build and maintain a strong case. We have the resources necessary to retain the most competent and well recognized legal experts in their fields. We have worked closely with experts from such diverse medical disciplines as orthopedic surgery, internal medicine, anesthesia, neurology, disability care, pain management, critical care medicine, emergency room treatment, toxicology (e.g. effect of alcohol, drugs, or medications concerning reaction time, physical impairment, etc.), critical burn injury medicine/surgery, physical therapy, long-term nursing care needs and costs, dermatology (scarring, etc.), obstetrics, and pediatrics. Serious injury or the loss of a loved one may also require testimony from psychological experts to address issues such as depression, stress, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder.
In preparing a case, the issue of liability must also be addressed, and in that regard our office has retained experts in engineering, accident reconstruction, fire origination and incineration spread patterns, building code compliance, big rig truck training and operation, human factors (field of vision, reaction time, etc.), property management, safety analysis, construction operations, warehouse management, design characteristics, and occasionally individuals in relatively arcane fields of expertise (for instance, in the past our firm has retained an expert in identifying the type, age, and tensile strength of rotten wood that was implicated in a serious accident).
Serious injuries and wrongful death cases often implicate issues related to lost income, past and future. Sometimes income loss is somewhat speculative. For instance, an injured person may be between jobs, or they may be self-employed with income that fluctuates from month to month (e.g. a real estate agent might sell four homes in two months, and then have no sales over the next three months – if that agent misses one month from work after an accident, how is the lost income calculated?) In addition, future wage loss may be difficult to calculate. How long will the injured person be off work? Is modified duty available? What are the job prospects for a person saddled with permanent physical limitations due to serious injuries? What alternative occupations are available, what are the costs of re-training, what educational requirements are there for various alternative occupations? If permanently disabled, how long may the injured person have been expected to work? To address such issues, our office works with vocational rehabilitation experts and economists. These experts in turn may coordinate with our other experts, such as orthopedic surgeons, disability experts, and life-expectancy experts, to establish prospects for returning to the work force, and ultimately, future income loss.
Other experts are often necessary to assist in recreating and/or illustrating events as they transpired. Such experts may include medical illustration experts, experts in graphics or exhibits, and experts in video reconstruction.
At the Law Office of Ian Zimmerman, we retain the right expert for the case. In many instances, multiple experts are required. A well-prepared case requires the right expert testimony from the right expert, and that is why in preparing your case we work closely with some of the most exceptional experts in their fields. Personal Injury Lawyer Ian Zimmerman