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Expert Witnesses You Might Find in a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawsuit

While some personal injury lawsuits are concluded out of court through a settlement, others can be more contentious and last through a full trial. When an accident was particularly serious and the stakes for an accident victim are high, chances for success can be bolstered through the use of expert testimony. A personal injury attorney can use his or her expertise in proving the basis for damages with the strongest evidence available, which can include testimony from a third party expert.
Unlike eyewitnesses who provide a recounting of their memory of what happened during an accident, an expert witness specializes in a technical field relevant to your case, and will examine evidence to explain why something happened a particular way, or offer an opinion on how something occurred, or what will happen in the future. The following are some categories of experts common to personal injury lawsuits. 

DAMAGES FOR DISFIGURING AND SCARRING INJURIES

If you're injured in a serious accident, your body may not move in the same ways it once did before you were injured. While movement and health can often be regained with dedicated rehabilitation and treatment, injuries that leave you looking differently or which caused you to lose an appendage can be even harder to cope with than injuries that are physically painful but invisible. After you are injured in a way that causes serious scarring or disfigurement, you may have legal options to recover for both your physical and emotional suffering as a result of these injuries.

EQUAL CUSTODY-SHARING ARRANGEMENT AMONG THREE PARENTS IN RECENT NJ COURT DECISION

Modern interpretation of what makes a family is constantly changing. In a first-of-its-kind decision titled D.G. and S.H. v. K.S., one New Jersey judge has determined that three separate individuals are equally entitled to custody of a child.

EVEN WHEN HANDS AREN'T REQUIRED, DEVICES STILL DISTRACT

Responsible drivers all know by now that looking down at a phone or texting while out on the road can cause a major, possibly deadly, distraction. As a result, phone and automotive manufacturers have created voice recognition and console systems which allow drivers to access some of their phone's capabilities, such as voice calling and stored media, without needing to handle their phone. According to recent studies, researchers have found that the hands-free nature of these systems doesn't actually eliminate the distraction for drivers, and that distractions last even longer than scientists had previously thought. 

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