In a professional liability claim you are suing a professional person, i.e. a doctor, a lawyer, an architect or an accountant. Those particular professions involve certain specialties that typically are beyond the range of knowledge of most lay people. In order to properly pursue and prevail in a professional liability claim, in most instances, you are going to need an expert witness with some knowledge in that particular profession to testify as to what that professional person should have done in this instance, how they failed to do it and what consequences that failure has produced for you as the consumer or the plaintiff in a claim.Injury lawyer Brien Roche handles all types of professional liability claims.
In a general liability claim you typically do not need an expert witness with knowledge in a specialty in order to prove your claim. The only exception to that would be if you have some medical expenses or bills that have been incurred or some special damage in that regard then you may need to bring a doctor or other professional into court to testify as to what those damages are and to testify that they are reasonable and necessary.
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