The testimony of an expert witness can make or break a case. This is especially true when the case involves complicated medical or financial testimony. In most cases, when a jury hears a case involving complicated and technical terms, they have a very superficial understanding of what is being discussed. It is easy for the testimony provided by witnesses, as well as the examinations provided by lawyers, to go over the heads of the jury. If the jury does not understand the case being presented, it is highly unlikely that they are going to return a verdict that is favorable.
Expert witnesses understand how to present complicated matters in a way that the jury will understand while at the same time making it clear to the jury that they, as an expert, have a firm grasp on the technical details that are being discussed.
Expert witnesses usually work on similar cases over the years. They have the ability to represent the facts in an accurate and concise way. Expert witnesses are trained to be convincing as well as persuasive, especially when they are interacting with a jury.
In a lot of cases, the ultimate goal is to achieve a settlement. Most do not want to have a jury trial that drags on for years. Expert witnesses can help achieve this goal. When either side sees that the other has an expert witness, they may not want to take the risk of that expert witness testifying in court and persuading the jury against them. So they opt to settle.
Many people believe that only defense legal teams use are expert witnesses. However, that’s not the case. Both the defense and the prosecutor will use an expert witness because expert witnesses can make the facts speak more clearly. A bank expert witness, for example, it can take some of the complicated and technical terms that are used in the financial industry and present them in a way that a jury is going to understand. Once an expert witness is done testifying, the jury should walk away with a clear understanding of what the case is about, as well have a better understanding of some of the technical jargon that has been used up to that point in the case.
Expert witnesses are an invaluable tool that both the prosecution and defense can use to win their case. They put a personal face on complicated and technical matters.