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 industry practices.
• 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.