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Importance of Expert Testimony in Tort Personal Injury Claims

When you or someone you know suffers a serious injury due to negligence, you have the right to pursue a tort personal injury claim or lawsuit. However, you will need to provide evidence of physical injury, as well as proof of causation in order to build a strong case. Many times, getting testimony from a qualified expert becomes crucial. For examples, experts can use their medical knowledge, academic background or industry expertise to support the claim that your toxic chemical injury or that an accident caused by a defective product was caused by a third party.

Under Texas law, expert testimony might even be required for certain personal injury claims. Recently, a Texas appellate court ruled that tort personal injury claims that “do not fall within the domain of a layperson’s knowledge and experience,” must be reinforced by expert testimony. In particular, victims seeking damages for injuries from toxic exposure are required to submit verified testimony to establish a causal link.

Maritime Chemical Exposure

Texas maritime workers, including longshoremen, shipmates, and harbor workers, are particularly at risk for chemical exposure. Laboring in an unsafe environment can leave vessel workers exposed to dangerous toxins. Continuous contact with toxic chemicals and fumes increases the likelihood of developing a health problem, and can lead to serious injuries such as:

  • Lung cancer
  • Asphyxiation
  • Respiratory infection
  • Chemical burns
  • Brain trauma
  • Neurological damage

Because maritime employers and vessel owners are required by federal law to maintain a safe work environment at all times, they can be held liable for personal injury damages. However, expert testimony also plays a key role in chemical exposure cases. A scientific expert must be able to conclude that prolonged exposure to toxic substances, dust, or debris from the worksite is a major contributing factor in causing your injury.

How Our Houston Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help

Unfortunately, proving causation can be challenging in some cases, and solid expert testimony might be difficult to find. Having an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer on your side can make a huge difference. At The Krist Law Firm, P.C., we work hard to fight for the compensation that our clients deserve. We can help guide you through the entire legal process, and provide you with invaluable resources, such as our trusted network of medical, engineering, and maritime industry experts.

After the initial case assessment, our knowledgeable attorneys will collect documents of proof, prepare the legal paperwork and extract expert testimony in preparation for trial. We want to put you in the best position to make a full physical recovery with the least amount of financial worry. If you or a loved one has been injured – whether due to a Texas maritime or trucking accident – call The Krist Law Firm, P.C. at (281) 283-8500 to schedule your free consultation today.