How to Investigate, Research, and Prepare Serious Injury Claims
Personal injury caused by other individuals cannot go without the responsible party owning up to the liability. For the injured party, the recovery process can be long and painstaking, not to mention the physical, emotional and financial burden that they have to bear.
Thus an injured person can have a type of legal claim for personal injury cases for the bodily harm they have incurred due to the negligence of others. To lodge an effective claim and ensure that you get justly compensated, there are several effective ways of investigating, researching and preparing serious injury claims.
Document Physical Evidence to Aid in Your Case
Determining fault for an accident can be shown or strengthened by a piece of physical evidence. Thanks to technology, documentation of the accident scene through pictures and videos can provide something that can be seen, as opposed to a verbal description of what happened. Examples can be worn, or broken stair that caused a slip and fall, improperly fitted scaffolding that caused injury from wood and equipment toppling over or a chip or dent in your car showing where the collision is located.
Physical evidence can also help prove the nature of the injury bolster the veracity of its extent. In car accidents, the damage to a car can substantiate the severity of the impact and the corresponding injury received by the car’s driver. Also, torn and bloodied clothing shows physical injuries vividly.
Timeliness is a key factor in documenting physical evidence. Document the accident scene in the first few hours or days after the accident to prevent the evidence from getting lost, altered by weather and nature, destroyed, cleaned or repaired. Preserving these evidences exactly as they were at the time of the accident through picture or video can help your personal injury claim.
Return to the Scene of Accident
Depending on the severity of the injury, you should return to the scene of the accident as soon as possible to locate any evidence or conditions that you believe may have caused or contributed to the accident and injury. The expert personal injury lawyers at Montgomery Serious Injury Law Group emphasize that a thorough investigation of the accident should be conducted to determine all the parties liable for your injury and losses. If your injury is severe and visiting the accident scene is impossible, you can seek assistance from your lawyer on the evidence collection in your absence. Photographs can be useful when presented as evidence or presenting a claim, as they can give an angle to the accident that can support your claim. Vehicle accident injuries also need strong evidence which can be bolstered by photographical evidence, such as a comparison of the traffic situation on the day of the accident and on the same day of the following week, a possible sign of traffic light failure or absence of early warning device on the road.
Document Your Injuries
Aside from the physical evidence from the scene of the accident, taking photographs or videos of your injuries can help establish the extent of your damages. The key piece of evidence is of course the medical records of your injuries. This, supported by the on-scene documentation of the injuries sustained can build a strong evidence of the extent of your injuries. Also, the type of medical treatment you receive is important, as the defendant in your case will likely request for your medical records. It is therefore critical to see a doctor and follow treatment recommendations such as referrals to other specialists. Gather documentation of your injuries and your medical bills to solidify the basis of your pain and suffering which is a key indicator in the amount of compensation you should demand in your personal injury case.
Dealing with accident-related personal injury can be physically, emotionally and financially taxing. Injuries that cause significant bodily damage and permanent disability can be devastating. Thus, you need to get the most, if not all, of the claims that are due for you. Recovery is a painstaking process, and you need every ounce of help you can get from the damages and losses you incurred. Being in the know about the legal process, and having a reliable legal team to aid you can help you win your serious injury claim battle and get your life back on track.