Expert Witness Property Insurance Claims

Disaster Recovery Adjusters LLC are highly skilled and qualified non-biased professionals assisting attorneys and their clients in their property insurance cases. We can assist with residential or commercial insurance claim depositions or trials, the review of paper or electronic records, accident site visits, or report writing.

The testimony of the right professional can educate juries and judges on complex technical subjects, that win lawsuits.

Jeremy Wiseman has a long and distinguished career in the property insurance claims profession having years of experience and a high-ranking position as a large loss adjuster with Nationwide Insurance and now handling claims as a state-licensed Public Adjuster. If you are interested in retaining us, please contact us now for a copy of Jeremy’s curriculum vitae and our hourly rate schedule.

Who is considered an Expert Witness?

Attorneys and judges rely on two significant court opinions when determining an individual is qualified to be an expert witness. Before the 1990s, Frye vs. the United States created the de facto standard for expert witness testimony. Frye held that witnesses needed to provide testimony that was based on techniques and models that were widely accepted in the scientific community. Under the Frye standard, as it has come to be called, expert witnesses within the same field would typically give very similar testimony, as the basis for that testimony would be grounded in a shared body of knowledge. The Frye standard is still upheld in many state courts; however, some states have adopted a newer standard based on another formative case.

In 1993, Daubert vs. Merrill Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., produced a new standard by which expert witnesses were qualified. In Daubert, the Supreme Court altered the arguably more stringent requirements of Frye. Under Daubert, testimony can be based on an expert’s professional opinion, if the expert witness has used scientific methods, relied on peer-reviewed methodology, and has the experience and education to support the conclusions. Daubert empowers judges in determining the validity of the expert testimony, as well as the extent to which that testimony can be presented to the jury. A few cases have since expanded and refined the Daubert standard, creating the Daubert trilogy of foundational cases. This newer standard is upheld by the majority of state courts and the federal court system.

Please contact the office at (814) 882-7797 to schedule a conference call to discuss cases and fees.