During a trial to determine whether or not a construction claim holds it ground, both party’s attorneys have a right to hire a construction expert witness. Now, what these witnesses are responsible for are to evaluate the claims to see whether or not they hold true to construction laws and regulations. They are often used to write a report to settle or adjust a case where they form an opinion which could affect the outcome of the entire trial.
The Role of an Expert Witness
Expert witnesses also testify at deposition and express their opinions on the claim itself. This could be referencing to a certain law or guideline that has already been set or what they believe is the right course of action. Because these witnesses can be anybody with experience in the field, from an everyday construction worker to prolific specialists of construction advisory services, results may vary when it comes to the result of the claim.
Discrediting an Expert Witness
An attorney that’s on the opposing end of the expert witness will often try to discredit that person through various methods. As stated above, an expert witness could be anyone with experience in the field which means an above-average candidate would be preferred. Also, attorneys can easily find files of any witness that takes the stand, and if there are any “stains” on their record, it’ll most likely be brought up to further attempt to discredit the witness. It’s important that if you are looking into hiring an expert witness that they are known to be a good citizen because everything becomes fair game in the trial.
Bio: Lyle Charles of, Lyle Charles Consulting, has helped construction companies, sub-contractors, owners, banks, bonding companies, and engineers quickly assess deviations from the construction schedule and accurately assign responsibility.