Take Your Legal Obligations to Heart
Did you know that a judge can rule out your insurance expert witness testimony if you don’t comply with your legal obligations? If you don’t know what your legal duties are, here is a quick review.
Aside from showing up on time in an appropriate outfit, you are bound to fulfill the following duties: be truthful, objective, and not argumentative when giving your statements. Also, you need to be alert in giving the court expert assistance so it will better understand the case in hand. In certain cases, some insurance expert witnesses have an obvious inclination towards one of the parties (either the defendant or the plaintiff), so the judge has ruthlessly declare the expert testimony inadmissible in court.
So before you take the stand, recite all your duties and take them to heart.
Preparation is Key
One grave mistake that an insurance expert witness may commit is the lack of preparation. Remember, if you’re on the witness stand, the court expects you to provide all the information needed to solve the case. This includes preparing a well-written and detailed report and other documents, and preparing visuals to aid in the better understanding of technical concepts related to insurance. In addition, anticipate all questions that may be asked, including what the cross-examining lawyer might say about your reputation or credibility.
Learn From the Mistakes of Other Insurance Expert Witnesses
It pays to know what your colleagues have done in the past, especially the mistakes they committed. This will give you an idea on how to better perform your legal obligations. So take some time to go over other cases related to insurance, and take note of how the expert witness delivered his testimony. Sometimes, the judge may give an input about the witness’s testimony, so take note of the feedback.
Coordinate Well With the Attorney Who Hired You
An attorney’s main duty is to represent the client in court. Therefore, he needs all the information that he can get so that he can fulfill this duty well. Here are some things that you can do to help.
1. Always be available.
2. Return calls promptly.
3. Answer all the attorney’s questions adequately. Tell him everything he needs to know.
4. Give no-nonsense advice and suggestions.
5. Update the attorney regularly.
6. Ask questions especially if you’re not sure of what to do.
7. Be as honest as possible.