Expert Witnesses In Slip & Fall Cases Part 3
In More effective use of experts in slip-and-fall cases - The right expert will help you to better prepare the case and win it at trial, attorney David Reinard writes:
Unfortunately, juror common sense
in a slip-and-fall can be boiled down to
this: “Anyone who falls wasn’t paying
attention.” The reality – as we all know –
is different. People acting reasonably often
fall, through no fault of their own. You
need to have an expert to explain why.
There is a second reason (besides
trial) to retain an expert. A good expert
can help you prepare the case. The
expert can (and should):
• Determine very quickly (i.e., before you
spend much money) if your theory is viable.
• Perform an early site inspection to preserve
evidence of the site’s condition.
• Inform you about codes, standards and
• Help you get the right information
from the defense in written discovery.
(The Advocate Magazine, March 2012)
David Reinard is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a member of ABOTA, and is regularly designated a Super Lawyer. He has tried dozens of cases throughout California.