In every legal proceeding there is the need to present evidence that supports your version of the facts. The type of evidence you use will depend on the type of case you file, and also depends on what is available to you and permitted by the Court. In a personal injury case you have to prove that the other driver caused the accident and that the accident is the cause of your injuries. In order to do this you will need to gather and preserve key pieces of evidence and provide them to the insurance adjuster. If the adjuster disagrees with your fact pattern and denies coverage, you have the option of filing a lawsuit and allowing a Judge or jury to review your evidence and make a decision about damages.
Five pieces of evidence that are commonly used in a personal injury case include:
- The police report, made by the officer who worked the scene and took statements from those involved. This document will identify the negligent party, and provide a likely scenario of how and why the accident happened.
- Photos of your damages and injuries, which can be taken at the scene and also in the coming days and months afterward to show the progression of your healing process.
- Physician notes and invoices, which show the extent of your injuries and the treatment provided as well as the cost for the medical services you’ve received. You can also include prescription information in your medical documentation, to show what medications are needed to help you get over your injuries.
- Deposition testimony of witnesses, which will be used to help corroborate your story.
- Your own testimony, whether it is given on the witness stand, in a deposition or written statement, or is compiled in a diary you have kept about the event.
It is important to keep track of photos, witness testimony, and a record of your own thoughts about the case so they can be used as needed. In many instances diaries and other notes are used to refresh your memory about the sequence of events, or to show emotional damage. Contact us for information about what will help your case, and let us get you the compensation you deserve.
If you have been in an accident, call our office for help. Let an experienced attorney help you figure what is best for you. Call a Bloomington, Minnesota personal injury attorney today.