4 Types of Evidence You Need in a Personal Injury Case

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(Newswire.net — June 3, 2020) —  Personal injury lawsuits come in all shapes and sizes, from car accidents to wrongful death suits, slip-and-fall cases to suits over defective products. Whatever the type of case, though, you need to work in collaboration with your lawyer to build the strongest possible case. That includes bringing appropriate evidence to your meetings with your personal injury lawyer. However, many people don’t know what information they should bring.

If you’re preparing for a personal injury case, you can improve your position and give your lawyer the information they need to support your case, these 4 pieces of information can all help fill in the blanks. And even if you don’t have all of them, providing whatever information you do have can be of great benefit to your lawsuit.

Insurance Information

Almost without regard to the type of personal injury lawsuit, one of the most important things to bring to your meeting with your lawyer is your insurance information. This includes car insurance if you were in a car accident, contact information for anyone you’ve spoken to at the insurance company, as well as medical insurance information. You’ll also likely need to sign paperwork giving your lawyer permission to speak to the insurance company on your behalf.

Scene Documentation

When a personal injury attorney develops a case, they typically call on several different types of experts for support. According to the Lichtenstein Law Group, potential experts may include traffic safety experts, accident reconstruction professionals, medical consultants, and others. One way you can bolster the work of these experts, though, is by providing documentation of the accident scene, including photos and diagrams. This applies to car accidents, cases of property-related negligence, and workplace injuries, among other personal injury situations.

Medical Records

Your medical records will play a key role in your legal case, and as an individual, you likely don’t have all of them. Don’t worry – your lawyer will request these from any doctor that treated you. When you first meet with your lawyer, however, you should bring whatever preliminary information you have on hand, as well as information like the ambulance service that took you to the hospital, and contact information for all of your doctors. These records can help your lawyer ensure that you have a valid case.

Direct Physical Evidence

Your bloody shirt, a bit of bent metal from your car, or other pieces of direct physical evidence may not actually tell your lawyer a lot about your injury or your case, but that doesn’t mean your lawyer doesn’t want to see it. In fact, depending on what you bring, physical evidence can help demonstrate to your lawyer the emotional resonance of your case. Though the majority of cases are resolved via settlement behind the scenes, if your case does go to court, juries are often moved by physical evidence.

If you’re not certain what to bring to your first meeting with your lawyer, feel free to ask during your preliminary phone calls. Your lawyer will be happy to provide some guidance. Lacking that guidance, though, these elements will give your lawyer a useful foundation for understanding your case and what work lies ahead of them.