When you are injured in a vehicle accident, slip and fall, workplace accident, bicycle crash, or pedestrian accident, your first priority is your health. You need to seek immediate medical attention even if you do not believe you are seriously injured. Some injuries may not present symptoms, but the injuries could become life-threatening if not treated. It is always in your best interest to seek medical attention as soon as possible following any type of accident.
Your next priority is protecting your legal right to hold them personally responsible for the accident liable for your damages. An important step in this process is gathering evidence from the accident scene.
If possible, you should get the following information before you leave the accident scene:
- Contact Information – Contact information for eyewitnesses, the other driver, and the officer investigating the accident scene are very important. We can often obtain the contact information for the other driver and the police officer from the accident report; however, eyewitnesses may leave before the officer arrives or the officer may not ask for contact information from witnesses. Eyewitnesses are extremely important in cases where fault may be in question.
- Photographs – An accident scene may change within hours of a collision; therefore, taking pictures right after the crash is very important. If you cannot take the pictures yourself, ask someone to take pictures for you, if possible. Keeping a disposable camera in your glove compartment just for this purpose is wise because your cell phone or other electronic devices could be damaged in the crash.
- Medical Records – Even if you do not believe you are seriously injured, getting checked out by a doctor as soon as possible is good for your health and for your accident claim. We want to document your injuries to prove damages; therefore, we need medical records. It is best for your injury claim if you see a doctor right away.
Other Evidence We Use in a Personal Injury Case Includes:
- Expert Testimony – In some personal injury cases, we use experts to recreate the accident to prove fault. We also use experts to calculate lost wages and future medical costs in cases involving catastrophic injuries and/or permanent disabilities.
- Evidence Obtained Through Discovery – When a personal injury lawsuit is filed, we can obtain documents from the other side through requests to produce. We can also take testimony from witnesses and defendants through depositions. The evidence we obtain may lead to a settlement prior to trial.
The more evidence we can obtain immediately after the accident and in the months following the accident, the stronger our case will be against the other party. As we build a strong case, the likelihood that you will receive full compensation for your injuries increases. Our goal is to obtain the maximum compensation allowable for your claim in the most efficient and quickest manner possible.
Call An Experienced Boca Raton Personal Injury Law Firm
It may not always be possible to gather evidence from an accident scene. Therefore, contacting a personal injury attorney as soon as possible is critical so that the attorney can begin an accident investigation to identify and preserve evidence.
Contact The Broderick Law Firm, P.L. by calling 1-800-333-3903 to schedule your free consultation.