How To Gather Evidence For Your Personal Injury Lawsuit

December 18, 2013 @ 10:15 am

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Have you been injured through the negligence of another party? Whether it was the fault of an employer, a bad driver or another individual, it’s crucial to document all evidence to bring to your attorney so your case has the best chance of succeeding in court. Below are a few tips to keep in mind when gathering evidence for your personal injury lawsuit.

Recovery Time

To decide how serious the injury actually was, an insurance company will first examine the length of your recovery time. The extent of time that the injury has affected your life — whether it be a few days or several months — will not only impact the outset damages, but also any compensation for lost wages that you may gain. The best way to present this information is through doctors’ medical reports. These reports will show how many times you visited your doctor over the recovery period and what the findings were, both of which will help your chances of an accurate and fair settlement.

Journaling

To paint a complete picture of how your life has been affected by your injury, it can also be useful to journal the events and emotions that occur during your recovery period. If you have been confined to a wheelchair and are experiencing difficulty taking care of your kids, or a prominent scar is causing emotional anguish as well as physical limitations, write it down. While this evidence is not on the same par as medical records or written communication with the opposing party, it can be a useful tool for establishing the “softer” areas of compensation.

Even though it may be tough to concentrate on this aspect of your case after an injury, documenting the extent of your injury is vitally important. Even one saved email or pertinent doctor’s note can make a massive difference in the outcome of your case.