If you or a loved one suffered a personal injury because of another person’s negligence, you can file a personal injury claim. Though it might seem clear to you that the accident resulted from someone else’s error, you must take extra care when gathering the evidence and making your case. Winning a personal injury case is not always easy, and there’s much you need to know.
- Witnesses will serve as an important part of your case. Make sure you have the contact information for everybody who witnessed the accident, because they can provide valuable information and testify as to whose fault the accident was. Try to convince witnesses to provide a written statement.
- Write down everything you can remember about the accident as soon as possible. Even if you don’t really feel like remembering everything right away, it proves important to take note of all the details while the information remains fresh in your memory. As days go by, you might forget one thing or another and lose details that could help you win your case. Put on paper the exact place, time and details of the event; environmental information; and so on. If you were involved in a car accident, for example, describe the weather conditions, the state of the road and the functioning of the traffic sings.
- Take pictures of your injuries. If you cannot physically move around to take pictures, ask a friend or someone in your family to help. You will need all the documentation you can gather about the injuries you suffered, and photographs prove a good way to demonstrate the state of your injuries after the accident. As time goes by, keep a record of symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, pain, etc., that might have resulted from the trauma suffered in the accident. Also take pictures of other evidence such as a wrecked car, a broken step or ripped clothes.
- You will need to attach a doctor’s report to your case file. You cannot visibly note all injuries; in fact, some serious traumas can come to light only after a series of tests and X-rays. Go to a doctor immediately after the accident and ask for a certificate detailing your injuries for your personal injury claim.
- Obtain a copy of the police report and attach it to the personal injury claim. The police report will contain photos and a detailed description of the accident.
- You can deal with your case yourself or get a specialized personal injury attorney. Find an attorney who has dealt with cases similar to yours and ask about the chances you have of winning. Though you might have to pay the lawyer a fee for the services, doing so will help ensure you don’t lose the case because of some legal loopholes about which you don’t know.
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About the Author: Darlene Aronson holds a degree in English literature and is a college teacher in Texas, USA. She likes to help others by sharing her experiences in education and training field. She has written for many blogs as well as local magazines.