With any personal injury case, it’s imperative to prove you were hurt due to someone else’s actions or inactions. Essentially, you must demonstrate that someone was careless or negligent, which is what caused your injury. It’s also important to show how severely you were injured. In any of these cases, evidence is crucial.
Here are some tips for collecting all the evidence you need for your case and preserving it when you go to court.
Write Everything Down
Write everything down from the minute of your accident or have someone do it for you. This includes conversations with people, the scene of the incident, and all the pertinent details. You don’t want to forget anything that could win your case later.
Talk to Witnesses
Either take notes or record (with their permission) witness statements about what happened. Collect their contact details in case your personal injury lawyer needs to contact them later for more information. You may need to locate witnesses that were present when you got hurt.
Get a Copy of the Police Report
If you were involved in a car crash or other accident where the police were called, get a copy of the official police report. It may help prove fault and provide additional details you don’t have. A police report can be a critical piece of evidence you don’t want to overlook.
Take dozens of photos of the entire scene. For example, if your injury was due to a broken stair rail, ice on steps, or another maintenance issue that should have been addressed, be sure to photograph these to prove what caused your injury and subsequent injury.
Collect Medical Records
Collect all your doctor’s notes, x-rays, prescriptions, test results, and medical bills. They will become evidence in your personal injury case. Write down your healing progress in a notebook to document the severity of your injury and how long it takes you to heal. Be sure to include things like depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbances that result because of your accident.
Return to the Scene
After you have sought medical help, return to the scene to evaluate anything that might point to the cause of the accident. Write down your findings and photograph everything. Then, speak to the building manager (if applicable) to see if there have been previous complaints.
Consult Your Personal Injury Attorney for Help
A personal injury case can be complex and challenging to prove. You will want a trusted attorney by your side, guiding you through the process and helping you get the compensation you deserve. Contact Neufeld Law Firm today for help with your personal injury. We have experienced personal injury attorneys who care about you.