Pick the Right Expert Witness
There is no denying that the role of nuclear energy safety expert witnesses in litigation and court trials is as important as a lawyer’s. The findings and expert opinion of these professionals are taken by the court seriously. In other words, the testimony of a nuclear energy safety specialist can either bring success or ruin someone’s case.
It is therefore imperative that when involved in a case related to nuclear energy safety, companies, organizations, and individuals must hire the right expert. Experience is key, so the specialist of choice must be able to demonstrate two things: his knowledge in the legal system (or at least what the court requires for the case), and his technical expertise.
Common Mistakes Made by Nuclear Energy Safety Specialists
If you pick an experienced nuclear energy safety expert witness, rest assured that he won’t commit the following mistakes.
1. Getting emotional and argumentative
Nuclear energy safety experts should expect that they will be cross-examined. And in certain instances, the cross-examining lawyer will throw different kinds of questions that can destroy their credibility. Inexperienced expert witnesses tend to be emotional towards these questions. This is understandable because their reputation is at stake. Experienced experts, on the other hand, know how to cope with these scenarios, keeping calm and just providing the necessary answers to the questions.
2. Answering questions not relevant to expertise
Expert witnesses are summoned in court to provide their findings and expert opinion about the case. But sometimes, the cross-examining lawyer may ask them questions that are not directly related to their line of expertise. For instance, they will be asked to provide the court with their own personal belief and opinion about the victim or the defendant. They will be asked to judge either party’s character. Experienced experts know that they should not answer these kinds of questions. Doing so will just create a negative effect on the case.
3. Not being objective
Many experts have been questioned by the court because of their evident inclination toward a party, which in effect renders their testimony to be inadmissible in court. Experienced nuclear energy safety experts know that they have legal duties to uphold when testifying in court. And these duties include two qualities: being objective and truthful at all times. With this, they answer in as much detail as possible without being subjective or favoring either the plaintiff or the defendant.