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By John Kristensen of Kristensen Weisberg, LLP posted in Defective Products on Friday, April 20, 2018.
Witness Testimony And Defective Products: What Experts Do You Need For Your Case?

California product liability laws are pretty strict when it comes to punishing negligent or careless manufacturers and helping injured people recover damages. But in order to seek damages for your injuries, you will need to prove that the product was defective and that the manufacturer and other parties should be held liable. How to do this?

Short answer: witness testimony from experts.

Which witness experts do you need?

You see, product liability cases are quite complex and often involve millions of dollars in damages. That is why you need expert witnesses to testify in court and prove that the product was in fact defective and that the manufacturer played a part in making that product hazardous, defective, or otherwise dangerous.

Our Los Angeles defective product attorney explains that there are several types of expert witnesses that may be required for a product liability case in California. For example, if your injuries were caused by defective details, components or design of a product, you will need an engineer in the field. What kind of experts are needed in your particular case depends on the product that injured you.

Here at the Kristensen Weisberg, LLP, our best product liability attorneys in California retain all types of engineers, medical experts, and expert witnesses who are prepared to conduct an investigation into what caused the defect. Moreover, our expert witnesses are willing to testify in court to help you establish liability and prove the defect in your lawsuit.

What types of witness experts are there?

Mechanical engineering experts are of invaluable help in cases where the mechanical design and/or structure is believed to be defective. If the product that left you injured is made of metals, and the design of metals is thought to be defective, you may require witness testimony from a metallurgical engineer.

For food poisoning and other product liability cases involving food, you will need a food science expert who is capable of checking the quality of the product, testing it, and establishing who was at fault for the defect.

How witness testimony can help you in a product liability case

Our Los Angeles defective product lawyer argues that a biomechanical/biomedical engineering expert may be the most important expert in any product liability case, as these experts are trained to be able to examine the defect and explain how the defect caused your injuries. These witness experts are also able to determine whether or not the product was used in a foreseeably reasonable manner and if the manufacturer was responsible for making the product defective.

Since biomechanical/biomedical engineering experts often have both an engineering and medical degree, their witness testimony will be a crucial piece of evidence in pretty much any product liability case, including those involving automobiles, children’s products, household products, and others.

You cannot prove a design or manufacturing defect in a product liability case simply by showing your injuries in court. You will need competent experts to help you determine the cause of the defect and establish liability.

If you are represented by a product liability attorney who brings along his/her witness experts to solve your case, you can be certain that your case is in the right hands.

Speak to our attorneys at the Kristensen Weisberg, LLP, to find out which witness experts will be required for your particular case. Call our offices at 310-984-1297 or complete this contact form to get a free consultation.