When you are involved in an accident, it is important to collect evidence if you plan to file a claim. It is best to do this immediately after the incident because the scene could otherwise become altered, evidence misplaced over time, and memories often become unreliable. Evidence you may need is listed below.
What to Keep
Try to preserve any physical items you have, including important documents, broken equipment, and torn clothing. For instance, if you are in a car accident, you need to immediately try to take photos of the scene, property damage, and your personal injuries. Make copies of any medical records after the accident also, and repair records for property and the police report if one is made.
If your injury is caused by a faulty product, keep the item preserved in the condition it was when the accident happened. For medical malpractice, have copies of any medical records that relate to the medical treatments. Having a second opinion from a different health provider is also a good idea.
Photos are always an important part of preserving physical evidence. Most cell phones come with a camera, so use that is possible to photograph the area where the incident happened. Keep the photographs detailed and clear, and take them from many different angles.
Many times, once an incident is happen, it can be hard to take the time to do the above things. Remember, though, that taking these actions can be beneficial if you want to make a claim for your injuries.Once you have the evidence in hand, a personal injury lawyer can help you get started by analyzing the evidence you gathered and determining if you have a legitimate claim in the first place. We at Vehar Law are only a phone call away. Give us a call today for a free case evaluation.