Anyone who is at fault for an injury that you’ve sustained may be held accountable by law. You can file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible person, company, or government agency to try to get the monetary compensation that’s intended to pay all or a large portion of your medical bills and other expenses that need to be paid because of the accident. You’ll be able to prove your personal injury easier if you have the following items to support your claim.
A Detailed Doctor’s Report and Medical Records
You should try to go to a doctor as soon as possible after the accident so that an examination can be performed and to get a report of the doctor’s findings. Any notes that are taken by the doctor during follow-up appointments can also be used as evidence for your case. Test results and information about medication that may have been prescribed to you for your injury should be submitted as well.
Photographs of Your Injury
You’ll have a better chance of proving your claim if you can show photographic evidence of your injury. You should try to have pictures of bruises, cuts, or other physical signs of injury taken from different angles as well as close up and farther away so that the judge and any attorneys can get a better idea of the extent of bodily harm that you sustained. You can bring your injury photos to a law office and have a legal advisor examine them to determine if they will be viewed as suitable evidence.
Information About the Accident Location
In addition to photographs of where the accident occurred, you should submit detailed information regarding the location’s address and the time of day or night when the accident took place. You should also note the conditions of the location and reference any factors (such as bad weather, inadequate security, etc.) that may have led to your accident.
If the police were called to the scene, the officer who talked to you should have written a report of the incident. You can obtain a copy of this report if one wasn’t given to you by the officer to use as evidence in court or while you’re trying to reach a settlement with the responsible party or their insurance provider.
Someone at the scene may have witnessed your accident, and you and your attorney can try to obtain statements from any witnesses who can help you prove your claim. You may even be able to call in witnesses to provide testimony in person or by video.
No matter the extent of your personal injury or how it occurred, you shouldn’t be afraid to file a claim if someone’s negligence or bad intentions caused you harm. You’ll likely have a better outcome with your personal injury case if you submit all the evidence and hire a lawyer who practices in this area of law to assist you.
Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.