Evidence in Injury Claims
If you were injured in an accident caused by another person, it is may be necessary to file a personal injury lawsuit to be rightfully compensated for your damages as well as to hold the negligent party accountable.
When filing a civil lawsuit seeking financial recovery, an injured person has the burden of proving that another party was negligent and caused their injuries. Thus, the importance of gathering, maintaining, and presenting evidence in injury claims cannot be understated.
What Is Evidence in an Injury Claim and Why Is it Important?
Evidence in an injury claim is documentation that helps to demonstrate what happened in the situation. This evidence can come in many forms such as:
- Medical records or data
- Incident statements
- Personal property damages
- Photos or videos
It is extremely important for a person who is filing an injury claim to have evidence to back up their claim. In this situation, the injured party has the burden of proof, meaning that they are required to prove injury in order to show damages and get properly compensated. The evidence needs to be reasonably compelling in order to support the claim before a judge or jury.
Gathering and Preserving Evidence
When in an accident, the first thing on your mind is likely the shock or pain you are feeling. Although you probably are not thinking of gathering items from your accident, physical evidence is a key factor in your injury claim because it can explain the severity of your injuries. Physical evidence can be shown through a dented car part, a clothing item that has been destroyed, etc. If the evidence is not gathered immediately, it is crucial that you return to the scene as quickly as possible in order to locate and document anything that may help support your claim.
Once gathered, protecting and preserving the evidence is the next step. Photo evidence is also a great tool to prove your injuries if gathering physical evidence or preserving it is not possible. You must get photos from different angles using a good quality camera.
Contact an Attorney for Help Collecting Evidence in Your Injury Claim
Evidence is arguably the most critical part of an injury claim because it can shape your entire case. If you or a loved one has been involved in an accident and are seeking compensation, our proactive lawyers at McCraw Law Group are here to help you collect and preserve your evidence to build a strong legal case. Call now to get started.