Evidence to Support Your Personal Injury Claim
Posted on behalf of Lynch Law Firm on Mar 14, 2017 in Personal Injury News
When pursuing a personal injury claim, you will need evidence to show that the other party was responsible for your accident and that you should be awarded compensation for the injuries and damages you have suffered.
Although the circumstances of every case are different, our New Jersey injury attorneys recommend that you begin gathering the following evidence following an accident. This information can help prove your claim and improve your chances for recovering compensation.
Police and Accident Reports
An accident or police report will be filed for most accidents and injuries that occur in public spaces. This is especially true for car accidents. If you were injured in an accident, the responding law enforcement officer will complete an accident report. If your accident was in Hasbrouck Heights, you can obtain an accident report online. You can also obtain a report from the New Jersey State Police.
Similarly, if you were injured in a slip and fall accident, the business where you fell will likely have a record of the incident, which you can request.
Medical Records Documenting Your Injury
Medical documents substantiate your injury and show the steps you have taken to heal. You should ask for copies of your medical records from any practitioner you saw due to your injury. This includes the emergency room, hospital, physical therapy or a specialist.
It may also be helpful to request your medical records from your primary care physician, which can provide a baseline to show how healthy you were before the accident.
Keep any medical bills and receipts that document any payments you have made.
Documentation of Missed Work and Lost Wages
If you have not been able to return to work because of your injury, you may be able to recover lost wages. Document the time periods you were off work and include a doctor’s note for that time.
Ask your employer to create a letter or document that lists your title, pay rate, how many hours you averaged each week, how many days you were off work and the total amount of lost pay.
Terms of Your Insurance Policy
Most personal injury claims will begin by filing a claim with your insurance company. It is important to check with your insurers, both health and auto (if applicable), to determine what is covered.
Our personal injury attorneys can review your policy with you and develop a strategy for recovering the compensation you need.
Records of All Communication
Insurance companies and the at-fault party will attempt to use everything they can against you to pay out as little as possible. For this reason, you should document all conversations you have with anyone regarding your claim.
Written communication is the best way to do this. Save all emails and letters from insurers.
Statements from Witnesses
Eye witness statements are important evidence that shows exactly what happened during the accident and in the moments leading up to it.
You should make sure to get the contact information for anyone who witnessed your accident. Our injury attorneys will interview them and obtain their statements about the accident.
Photos of Personal Injuries, Damages and the Accident Scene
Taking photos following your accident can provide visual evidence of the scene and the extent of your injuries. You should also photograph property damage to support itemized repair bills.
Journal About Your Personal Injury
Depending on your injuries, it may be possible to recover compensation for pain and suffering. This is a type of personal injury compensation that attempts to make the victim whole again. However, it is difficult to quantify this type of injury.
The best way to show your pain and suffering and how your injuries affect your daily life is to keep a journal where you detail everything you are feeling and how your medical treatment is affecting you.
The personal injury lawyers at Lynch Law Firm are experienced in building strong cases on behalf of our clients and can help you gather all of the necessary evidence for your claim. Contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation to get started.
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