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Who Are Hardwood Flooring, Carpet, Hard Surface and Slip, Trip, and Fall Expert Witnesses?


     By Elite Consultants Inc. Slip, Trip & Fall Experts, Litigation-Deposition, Hardwood, Carpet & Flooring Experts

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Hardwood Flooring, Carpet and Hard Surface Consultants and Slip, Trip & Fall Experts often play critically important roles in litigation and testifying at a deposition or trial. The more important or complex the matter, the more likely it is that one or more experts will be involved for each side.
Expert Inspectors/Witnesses in the Flooring, Carpet, and Hard Surface Industry are individuals with special knowledge, skill, experience, training and/or education that go beyond the experience of ordinary members of the public. Experts ensure that all testing, analysis and findings leading to conclusions and opinions are based on adequate and accepted procedures within the Standards of that profession.

An Expert Witness is an individual who is recognized by a Court as an authority on a topic and who has knowledge beyond the average person. In order to be accepted as an Expert Witness, the witness must generally present his or her qualifications on the stand so that the judge and jury understand what sets the witness apart from other witnesses. Expert Witnesses provide factual information and analysis which may be beneficial to a case.

The Experts role will vary from case to case. Experts solely serve as a Consultant to the Lawyer and remain in the background. At other times they will be used in the pre-trial stages, perhaps to give an affidavit supporting an element of the case. In addition, experts may serve solely as an expert witness at trial. Occasionally, they will play a combination of these roles.The types of work Experts and Consultants perform include case evaluation, educating counsel, product testing and analysis, prepare evidence, assist in case development, site inspection if requested and testify at a deposition or trial.

Hardwood Flooring, Carpet and Hard Surface Consultants and Slip, Trip & Fall Experts often play critically important roles in litigation and testifying at a deposition or trial. The more important or complex the matter, the more likely it is that one or more experts will be involved for each side.

Expert Inspectors/Witnesses in the Flooring, Carpet, and Hard Surface Industry are individuals with special knowledge, skill, experience, training and/or education that go beyond the experience of ordinary members of the public. Experts ensure that all testing, analysis and findings leading to conclusions and opinions are based on adequate and accepted procedures within the Standards of that profession.

An Expert Witness is an individual who is recognized by a Court as an authority on a topic and who has knowledge beyond the average person. In order to be accepted as an Expert Witness, the witness must generally present his or her qualifications on the stand so that the judge and jury understand what sets the witness apart from other witnesses. Expert Witnesses provide factual information and analysis which may be beneficial to a case.

The Experts role will vary from case to case. Experts solely serve as a Consultant to the Lawyer and remain in the background. At other times they will be used in the pre-trial stages, perhaps to give an affidavit supporting an element of the case. In addition, experts may serve solely as an expert witness at trial. Occasionally, they will play a combination of these roles.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: David Barkstedt
As a Hardwood Flooring and Carpet Consultant and Expert Witness I have often play critically important roles in litigation and testifying at a deposition or trial. Certified by NOFMA, NWFA, NALFA and technical classes @ North Carolina Wood Extension

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While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this publication, it is not intended to provide legal advice as individual situations will differ and should be discussed with an expert and/or lawyer.
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