Monday, July 27, 2015

Protect Evidence for Your Personal Injury Claim

Being involved in an accident can be nerve-wracking for anyone. If you are a victim in an accident and think you have a legitimate personal injury claim, it is important to preserve evidence that can strengthen your case. As soon as you are able, make sure to do the following:

1.    Document Your Injuries

Your injuries are perhaps the most important evidence in the case. Seek medical attention at once. Be sure to photograph the visible effects, such as cuts, swelling, bruises, bandages, and casts, before they heal completely. 

2.    Gather Physical Evidence

Return to the scene of the accident as soon as possible to gather physical evidence. You can help your injury attorney establish that you were not at fault. A few examples are the location of the cars involved, location of the dents on your car, skid marks at the scene, whether traffic signals are functional, etc. 

3.    Interview Eyewitnesses

Witnesses to the accident can also help establish who was at fault. Ideally, you should have approached potential witnesses right after the accident and asked for their contact details or asked someone to help you obtain this information if you were injured. After that initial request of witnesses, ideally it will be your attorney who will assign an investigator to interview the potential witnesses.

It is important to provide such evidence to your attorney, who will then use it to help you get just compensation for the injuries or damage you may have incurred, and hold the responsible party accountable.

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