If you have been injured in an accident and choose to file a personal injury lawsuit after you have healed or become medically stable, it is essential to know how to gather evidence and what to do with it. If you are not careful, you may end up unintentionally harming your case. Your attorneys at Staley Law Firm will assist with gathering the necessary evidence, but some evidence can only be gathered by you.
1. Organize Your Notes
You will want to compile a detailed narrative of every important aspect of your accident. You will want to include the results of the accident such as injuries incurred and how those injuries have affected your daily life.
2. Let Your Lawyer Guide You
It is essential to remember to communicate all aspects of your case with your lawyer. Do not provide any evidence on your own to any party or insurance company without discussing if it is advisable with your attorney first. This is especially true when it comes to communicating with insurance companies. You may end up harming your case by unknowingly admitting to something that could be used against you in court. Direct all conversations with the insurance company to your lawyer unless your lawyer advises you otherwise. Once an attorney is representing you, the insurance company will generally be prohibited from speaking directly to you.
3. Acquire and Document Evidence
If possible, you will want to return to the scene and take photographs during the same time of day from multiple angles. You will want to make copies of everything that pertains to your case. This means: accident/police reports, medical bills, photographs of the accident scene, photographs of your injuries, witness testimonies, proof of lost income, etc. Your attorneys will assist you in this process – just be sure to communicate with them so they know what evidence needs to be gathered and who will be gathering it.
4. Preserve Evidence
Physical evidence can demonstrate the severity of your accident. Therefore, it is important to be able to present this information at the right time to an insurance company or a court. Before you send your car to get repaired after an auto accident, you will want to make sure photographs are taken to preserve the damage and to serve as proof. If you have any physical or tangible evidence, be sure to preserve it!
Staying organized and letting your lawyer guide you through this time will help you make the right choices in preparing your case.