Experts: When & Why to Hire and Do We Really Need One?
Gary Lovell – Carlock, Copeland & Stair, Guy D. Perrier – Perrier & Lacoste, and Joe Loya – Fairmont Specialty Insurance Group presented “Experts: When & Why to Hire and Do We Really Need One?” at the Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA) Annual Industry Seminar in October 2014.
The panel discussion explored the decisions facing claims professionals and legal counsel regarding identifying expert needs, timing of retention of experts, and use of experts before and during litigation. Gary Lovell and Guy Perrier, experienced transportation trial lawyers, and Joe Loya, an experienced claims professional, discussed the critical issues to be confronted when determining the need for retention of various experts during the claims investigation and litigation phases. The panelists also discussed:
- trends and strategies regarding experts,
- whether it is always necessary to retain and designate experts in response to opposing counsel’s retention of experts in various fields during litigation, and
- ideas on ways to reduce expert witness costs during all phases of claims handling and litigation.