The results of your personal injury settlement or trial are highly dependent upon the evidence you have. This evidence needed isn't just to prove that you were injured or that your injuries were severe, but also to show that the person or entity you are suing was negligent and responsible. The following tips can help you gather and preserve the evidence you need.
Tip #1: Arrange for prompt photographs at the scene
The best option is to take out your smartphone or camera and snap some images of the accident scene from several different angles immediately following the injury. You want to make sure that you get shots that show both the general environment and the direct cause of the accident. If you or someone you trust can't take pictures immediately, then you need to have pictures taken as soon as possible so that the scene can be captured as close as possible to the condition it was in at the time of the accident.
Tip #2: Write down the details
As soon as possible after the injury, perhaps while waiting in the emergency room, write down all the details that you remember. This includes the time, date, and location, along with all the particulars of the accident. Try not to overlook anything. For example, if it was raining outside, make sure that you note the weather. This write-up will be used by your attorney as they begin building the case, so don't show it to any insurance adjusters or attorneys for the other party unless your attorney gives you the go-ahead.
Tip #3: Check for videos
Surveillance videos are becoming more common, whether from private residences or business owners. First, check with the property where the accident occurred. Your attorney will be able to secure a copy of any video that caught the accident. Also, check with neighboring businesses or residences to see if they had a surveillance video that caught the accident. If there is a camera that picked up the area, then request a copy of the video to use as evidence.
Tip #4: Document your injuries
The final piece of evidence will be your exact injuries. This means photographing the injuries as soon after the accident as possible. You will also need to save all medical paperwork pertaining to the injuries, including any written statements by the treating physician, diagnostic and treatment paperwork, and invoices.
For more help with gathering the appropriate types of evidence for your case, contact a personal injury attorney in your area.