Preserving Personal Injury Evidence

You can help your Personal Injury lawyer to obtain the best compensation for you by following these guidelines to supply the essential documentation for your claim.

After an accident or injury, it is important to collect the proper evidence in the event you wish to pursue a personal injury case.

Take notes as soon as you are physically able to write. Record every detail you can remember about the accident, including what effects the accident had on your life. If you are not able to make notes, ask a family member or friend to record it for you. Write down what a typical day looks like for you.

Your lawyer will visit the scene, if there has been an accident, photographing the scene of the collision and the condition of the vehicle, and talking to witnesses. You may not remember much about the accident for a while, so this evidence is crucial for court testimony.

New laws prohibit the release of old medical records not related to the accident itself from being brought into the case. However, make your lawyer aware of any previous medical issues that may have impacted how your body reacted to the accident. There’s no guarantee that the opposition may not find out information you don’t want your lawyer to be surprised with in court.

You may obtain your medical records from any provider using a Medical Records Request [link]. Just remember, each provider will need a request.

A good lawyer will ask you to fill out a questionnaire about your past medical history. Anything relating to prior workmen’s compensation, injuries to neck, back or connective tissues (ligaments and tendons), previous accidents or falls are examples of what your lawyer should be informed of.

Your lawyer will get a police report in the case of an automobile accident. This is not actually admissible as court evidence, however it will help you get an out-of-court settlement, being a record of facts and assessments. They can also get a copy of yours and the other driver’s driving record.

Your lawyer may visit you at home and see how you go about your daily life, as well as ask you for before and after photos of yourself.

Keeping copies safe. Your lawyer will keep records of your personal injury paperwork, but you should also keep copies, either in a safety deposit box, or home fireproof safe. You could keep copies on CD or flash drive, but they need to be stored in a location safe from excessive heat which can damage the storage device. Even inside a fireproof safe, the contents will get hot if there’s a fire.

Your lawyer can help you determine which records are needed to get you the best compensation for your injury. Document everything you are asked to supply will help your lawyer obtain the fairest level of compensation for your injury.