Legal Malpractice Insurance Center


Expert Witness Malpractice Insurance

We provide professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions or malpractice insurance, to expert witnesses who work in all fields.

What do expert witnesses do?

Expert witnesses are experts in a specific field and are retained by a party to a lawsuit or dispute to opine and provide insight on specific, usually technical, aspects of the case. Expert witnesses can also be court-appointed.

Expert witnesses are often called to testify at trial and to provide an explanation of often difficult issues that the judge, jury, and attorneys can understand.

Expert witnesses review the facts of the case, perform detailed research, and provide their opinion to their client, at deposition, and at trial. A written report detailing the review and conclusions of the expert witness is often required.

Why do expert witnesses need professional liability insurance?

Expert witnesses perform an important and often essential role in a lawsuit. Their opinions can determine the outcome of the trial, including the amount of the award.

However, expert witnesses can be sued for negligence in the preparation of their testimony. The most likely scenario would be attorneys suing the expert witness that they previously retained because of an error made by the expert witness which ended up causing a financial loss to the attorneys' client due to an adverse court decision.

Expert witnesses should therefore make sure that they have appropriate professional liability insurance coverage with adequate policy limits.

Professional liability insurance for expert witnesses is available in the following states:
Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming.