Going through a personal injury is a uniquely stressful experience. Not only do you need to deal with the immediate physical and/or mental shock of the accident, but you also have to figure out how to pick up the pieces and get your life back to normal. It can be difficult to do this on your own, especially if you have suffered serious damages. For some victims, filing a personal injury claim is the best thing you could do.
But opening a personal injury case is more than just filing a lawsuit. In fact, most personal injury cases do not even need to go to court at all. If you are thinking about filing a personal injury claim, it is important for you to take into consideration the amount of time and energy your case might take. In any case, regardless of whether or not you choose to seek out legal help, the number one best thing you can do to help your case is to collect as much evidence as possible.
At the crux of every personal injury case is the same question: whose negligence led to the accident? In other words, who is at fault for the injuries that followed? You may think that your case is fairly open and shut, and that it is clear that the other party should be held liable for your injuries. Still, the jury can only go off all the evidence you provide. In this blog post, we will give you a brief overview of some of the most key documents you should have in order to ensure the success of your personal injury case.
In many cases, especially after car accidents, police officers may meet victims at the accident scene. Once the cops show up, they will likely prepare an accident report for you. It is very important for you to get a copy of these reports for your own records. In the State of Colorado, you can do this by paying a required fee and completing form DR2489 (Requestor Release and Affidavit of Intended Use).
Police reports are important because they are official documentation of what happened at the accident scene. In the case of an auto accident, it may include important details such as the vehicles involved, the road conditions, any witnesses, and more. Police reports will also make it clear whether or not any tickets were issued or fault was established.
It is easy for anyone to say that something happened. Having pictures of the accident or injuries lends even more credibility to your claims. No matter what kind of accident you are in, you should take photographs and even videos of anything you think may be relevant immediately after the fact. Potential subject matter may include the scene of the accident, any immediate injuries and/or property damage, road conditions, and more. These photographs, along with their timestamps, can offer indisputable proof of your claims.
Furthermore, if you have suffered a particularly serious accident, it is not uncommon for there to be physical evidence left behind at the scene. This could include broken glass, skid marks, road debris, and more. If you cannot physically collect these pieces of evidence, you should absolutely still take photographs and/or videos of them to have on record.
Of course, most instances of personal injury will lead a victim to seek out some sort of medical attention. It is always important to seek out medical attention immediately after an accident, even if you feel that you have only suffered minor damages. This is due to the fact that many injuries do not make their full extent known until some time has passed. Plus, medical records are some of the most important pieces of evidence you can have on your side.
Should the jury see that you did not seek out medical attention until well after the accident has passed, they may take this to mean that you are exaggerating or even faking your injuries for your own benefit. Taking a proactive interest in your wellness and health after an accident is always good, but it is especially important in personal injury cases. Proof that you have been sticking to a treatment and recovery path is key. You will also want to keep detailed records of any medical expenses you have accrued as a result of your accident.
After your personal injury, you may have had to take some time off work in order to recover. Of course, this is not something anybody wants to do. After all, a missed day’s work means a missed day’s wages. You deserve compensation for these damages just like any other. However, you will need to have proof of both of your pay rate and all the workdays you have had to miss. The easiest way to do this is by providing a copy of your payroll records. This is true whether you have missed only a few days of work or it is looking as though you will be out of work indefinitely.
It is not uncommon for personal injury to coincide with property damage. For example, this sort of scenario is very common when it comes to auto accidents. If this has happened to you, it is likely that your insurance company will require you to obtain at least one estimate describing the damage done to your vehicle and just how much it will cost to fix it. Such estimates are great evidence of the approximate force and severity of your accident.
No matter what kind of accident you were involved in, we at Injury Victim Law may be able to help. Though we are a Colorado-based firm, our team of experts and investigators is ready and available to assist personal injury victims all across the country. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced nationwide personal injury attorneys. You should never have to pay for someone else’s mistakes. Let us fight for you and get you the compensation you deserve.