Sometimes injuries happen when we least expect them. They can be extremely painful. Even worse, they may result in permanent disability. You may not even be able to work again after such an injury. If this has happened to you and another party was at fault, you should seriously consider obtaining compensation in civil court. However, if you want your case to be successful, there are certain things you can do to improve your chances.
Collect and Preserve Evidence
One thing you should absolutely do to ensure your ability to obtain compensation for your injuries is to preserve as much evidence as possible. This includes evidence of your injuries as well as evidence that can prove your side of the story.
After such an accident, you should make sure to obtain and preserve medical records related to the injury in question. Having those records show that the injury happened as you described is extremely important. Also, try to collect and preserve medical records related to any subsequent treatments or surgeries you have as the result of the injury.
Photographic evidence can be great as well. If you are able to, take photos with your phone of your injuries directly after receiving them. Also, take photos of the scene of the accident as well. If you contacted the police after the injury, make sure to obtain a police report of the incident.
Obtain Witness Testimony
Witness testimony can also go a long way towards proving your story in court. If another party caused your injuries, make sure to obtain the names and personal information of any witnesses that saw what took place. Their witness testimony can make a huge difference in regards to swaying a jury that your side of the story is the true and correct one.
Choose the Right Attorney
Lastly, you need to choose the right attorney for your case. This should probably not be the attorney who helped you write a will or settle your divorce. Instead, it should be a seasoned injury attorney.
In fact, it shouldn’t only be an injury attorney. It should be one with plenty of experience with cases regarding the type of injury you received. The best car accident lawyer, for example, may not be the same as the best slip and fall lawyer. Do your research and choose the best attorney possible for your specific case.
Sometimes injuries happen that result in debilitating disability. Even worse, another negligent party may have been at fault for your injury. If that’s the case for you, do what you can to prove your case in court with a seasoned injury lawyer.
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her husky Snowball. You can find her on Twitter at @LizzieWeakley and on Facebook at facebook.com/lizzie.weakley.