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Your Guide to Collecting Evidence for a Personal Injury Case

97% of civil cases never make it to trial. This includes personal injury cases. Because of this, the key to your success is collecting evidence to support your claim.

You need to have a comprehensive suite of evidence to support your claim from all angles. To do this for your case, you should work with an experienced attorney.

Use this guide to start gathering your evidence while you look for an attorney to represent you in your personal injury claim.

Accident Report 

The first thing you need to get is the accident or police report. This report provides an objective telling of the details of the accident. All of the relevant and essential information is also included in this report.

  • Parties involved

  • Where the accident occurred

  • Cause of the accident

  • Resulting injuries

Witness Statements 

Get the contact information of anyone who witnessed the accident. Your attorney can follow up with these people and get their third party independent version of the events that led up to your injury.

Having unrelated parties confirm your version of events gives your claim strength.

Medical Records 

While having witnesses support your claims is helpful, medical records can seal the deal for you. These are the most critical pieces of evidence when it comes to proving your injuries and expenses. You should include the details of your injuries and their severity, treatments received, pain levels, and required future treatments.

There are several different medical entities you need to get records from so that you can get an accurate view of your injuries.

  • Emergency responders

  • Hospitals

  • Emergency room

  • Surgical centers

  • Diagnostic centers

  • Primary care provider

  • Specialists

  • Physical therapists

  • Psychologists

Lost Wages 

If your injury prevents you from working, you can recover any lost wages. To collect this, you need to prove how many days you’ve missed. Get a statement from your employer that documents the amount of time you’ll miss.

The document should also state the wages you’ve lost out on because of the missed work. Don’t forget to have them note if you’ve used vacation or sick time to cover some of the missed workdays.

Photographic Evidence 

Take pictures of everything, the scene, property damage, and your injuries. This will provide a visual representation of your argument.

Records of Communication 

Give your personal injury lawyer a head start by keeping detailed records of all of your communications. Take note of each time to speak to someone and record this information in your personal records.

  • Who you spoke to

  • When you spoke

  • What was discussed

You should also save all emails, voice mails, and letters.

Become a Pro Collecting Evidence

By focusing on collecting evidence, you can strengthen your case and swing the odds in your favor for recovery. The more detailed you can prove your injuries and loss, the more likely you’re able to negotiate a satisfactory settlement.

Browse our many legal-related topics for more advice on navigating the legal system and successfully pursuing your personal injury claim.

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