In filing a personal injury claim it is important to provide ample evidence that the opposing party acted irresponsibly, resulting in your injury. In order to do so, it is imperative that all possible evidence is collected and preserved to strengthen your case.
In order for a claims’ adjustor to grant your compensation, you must first be able to prove that the opposing party is responsible for your injuries. Retaining physical evidence from the accident is important in ensuring that you receive proper compensation. Physical evidence consists of anything tangible that a judge can read or look at to support your case. Examples of physical evidence include pictures of the accident scene before anything has been touched or moved, police reports, statements made by any witnesses, medical records, including any x-rays or MRI photos, bloodied or torn clothing, and public records.
Preserving your evidence
Take Pictures: Gathering physical evidence can sometimes be difficult depending on the severity of your injuries. The best and most important place to do so is at the scene of the accident, when the evidence is fresh. Do your best to take pictures at the scene, including photos of any injuries on your body, damaged or bloodied clothing, the incident scene, and whatever caused your injury. Also be sure to take pictures of damages to your vehicle and other vehicles involved in the accident. In addition to pictures witness statements can be very powerful tools in personal injury claims.
Get the witnesses’ statements: Your witnesses may be able to provide information about the accident that you may have overlooked at the time. Be sure to get the witnesses’ statements, as well as ample contact information like their full names, their addresses and phone numbers before they leave the scene of the accident. If you wait until everyone has left the scene to gather your witnesses’ statements, they may be hard to get in contact with and their recollection of the accident may change.
Get medical records: Obtaining medical records having to do with injuries obtained in the accident will also be crucial in a personal injury claim. Helpful medical information will include paramedic reports, doctor’s and nurse’s notes, lab results and your physician’s follow up diagnosis and prognosis. Not only will the medical records help prove that the opposing party acted irresponsibly and caused your injuries, but they will also help determine compensations due to you.
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If you or someone you know has been injured due to someone else’s negligent or irresponsible actions, contact the law offices of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP today. Our team of personal injury attorneys will stop at nothing to make sure that you are well represented and receive all compensations due to you in your personal injury claim. Call us at 1-877-504-5562.