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When you suffer a personal injury that requires you to seek compensation through the courts, it is critical to know what kinds of evidence will help your case. The hours and days following the accident are often the most crucial because the evidence at the scene and on your body is still identifiable, so it’s important to gather as much evidence as you can as soon as possible. If you are too injured to gather the evidence yourself, you should send someone you trust to look for it in your place.
These four types of evidence could help you win your personal injury case so that you can get the compensation you need to fully recover.
Evidence of Negligence
In many personal injury cases, the victim suffers their injuries because of someone else’s negligence. Whether the cause of the accident was a wet floor, a broken step, or an obscured stop sign, you need to document the evidence as soon as you can. The at-fault party could attempt to alter the scene if you leave too much time between the accident and gathering evidence.
Photographic and Video Evidence
If you can’t preserve the actual piece of evidence itself, you should document it with pictures or video. Photographic or video evidence that shows the accident happen is even better at proving your case, so if you can, identify whether there are any security cameras near the site of the accident.
Evidence of Your Injuries
Part of the process of winning your case requires you to prove that you were, in fact, injured because of the accident. This is one of the reasons why it is so important to see a doctor if you are hurt because of someone else’s actions—going to a doctor documents your injuries in a way that shows how severe they are. You can also document your injuries by photographing them soon after the accident. Other ways that you can demonstrate the severity of your injuries is through hospital bills, insurance claims, and even pay stubs if your injuries are bad enough that they have affected your income.
Witness testimony is another important form of evidence you can use to support your case. By providing testimony, witnesses can paint a better picture for the courts about what happened at the time of the accident. Witnesses can include third-party observers or others who were involved in the accident in some way themselves, for instance, passengers during a car accident. If the witness is not someone you know, ask them if they would be willing to provide a statement about the accident and a way to contact them.
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