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Gathering Evidence for Your Injury Claim

For any personal injury case, it’s vital that you have clear and undeniable evidence that you were seriously injured – as well as clear evidence that the defendant acted in a negligent manner. But gathering this evidence is often easier said than done, and for many plaintiffs who have never filed a claim before, it can be daunting to consider all the facts of the case.

As personal injury attorneys with decades of experience, our team at Dean Law Firm can handle every portion of the evidence-gathering process and ensure that your case runs smoothly and successfully. Of course, it’s also a good idea to start learning about the types of evidence you’ll need to get a positive outcome, and the earlier you can bring these items to your attorney’s attention, the better.

Getting Started: Key Pieces of Evidence for Your Claim

Medical Records and Proof of Injury

The central proof of almost any injury case rests in the patient’s medical records, which document the extent of the injuries, the time that the accident took place, and the cost of any associated treatments. You also need to show visual evidence of your injury, which can include photos, written documentation, and witness testimony.

That means it’s vital that you visit the hospital or doctor as soon as possible after a life-threatening accident. Getting these records in order is usually just a matter of reaching out to your physicians, but if you don’t have clear proof that you immediately sought health care services, you won’t have a viable case to present in court.

Expert Testimony

Medical records aren’t enough by themselves, because it’s not enough to simply prove that you have been injured. For a successful injury claim, you need to show that the accident itself led to your injuries, and that the negligent party was directly liable for the incident.

That’s why expert testimony is often a crucial component of injury cases. When a medical or scientific expert can testify to the manner in which you were injured, or explain the science behind your pain and suffering claim, it’s much easier for the jury or judge to assess the truth of your case.

Official Accounts of the Incident

Last but not least, you will need to gather documentation that shows exactly what happened, so that members of the court can decide if negligence occurred. To address this need, the lawyers in a personal injury case will typically take depositions from their clients and from the opposing side, asking a series of questions that are documented by a court recorder. These deposition sessions can last anywhere from an hour to several days, because it’s so crucial to get the details of each account right.

Aside from participating in a deposition, you can begin gathering evidence of the accident by contacting the authorities and getting the full police report. If there were any witnesses at the scene, it’s important to ask if they’d be willing to testify.

Reliable Legal Representation for Every Need

Still feeling daunted about all the paperwork involved in an injury claim? At Dean Law Firm, we understand that this can be a complicated and painful process, especially when you’re trying to recover from your serious injuries. By working with our skilled and compassionate team, you’ll be able to rest easier knowing that the evidence in your case is solid.

Call (432) 214-8125 for a free consultation!