If a car accident has changed your life for the worse, you will likely be interested in proving your damages so that you can be compensated. To do so, you, with the help of your personal injury attorney, should have a firm understanding of what is needed to prove your case. Read on for an overview of what will be important for your personal injury case in the coming weeks after an accident.
Personal Injury Evidence
While the legal concept of evidence is most well-known when it comes to criminal cases, civil law cases can be complete and convincing with it and useless without it. Acting fast after your accident is vital—some forms of evidence can be lost or degraded if you wait too long. To help you understand what you and your attorney should be compiling and preserving, here is a listing of the most important forms of personal injury evidence.
Medical Records of Treatment
If there is a single area of evidence that stands head and shoulders above all others, it is your medical evidence. To put it simply, if you lack proof of a physical injury from a car accident, you have a non-existent case. For that reason, you must go to the hospital or see your doctor right away after an accident so that you can show that you were injured. Additionally, your medical records will allow your attorney to evaluate and request a sum of money that accounts for your pain and suffering.
The Police Report
The second most important form of evidence has to be the police or accident report. These reports are often issued at the scene or can be requested through law enforcement offices. Commonly, these reports are loaded with information about the parties, insurance information, weather conditions, exact location, and more. All of that information is needed to help your attorney get started on your case. That aspect pales in comparison, however, with the key perk of a police report—the responding officer's summary of how the accident occurred.
If you are unable to take photographs yourself, try to have a friend or family member take the following for you. In any case, a return to the scene to at least photograph the intersection and roadway.
- The vehicles involved
- Your injuries (bruises, casts on arms, you in a hospital bed, etc)
- The intersection and road where the wreck happened, preferably before the cars are moved.
If you are fortunate enough to have a neutral third-party witness your accident, be sure to get their contact information to your attorney right away. This form of evidence is more valuable than that of the person who might have been riding in the car with you at the time of the accident.
To find out more about what to look for when it comes to evidence, talk to personal injury attorneys like the ones at Steele Law Offices, LLC.