Personal injury suits come in many forms based on different types of injury or property damage. For example, personal injury suits may involve damages sustained in an auto collision or slip-and-fall accident. They may also involve wrongful death, defective products, toxic contaminants or pollutants, work accidents, and more.
No matter the nature of the suit, it is critical for attorneys and their clients to work together to build the strongest case possible and maximize the potential to collect damages. There are four specific types of evidence needed to ensure a strong personal injury case.
PREPARING EVIDENCE FOR A PERSONAL INJURY SUIT
1) INSURANCE INFORMATION.
Any time you meet with an attorney to discuss a personal injury case, it is important to bring all pertinent insurance documentation. If you are meeting about a car accident, bring the paperwork for your auto insurance policy. In addition, bring information about any communications you have had with representatives of your insurance company. Just to be sure you are fully prepared; also bring information about your health insurance.
2) DOCUMENTATION FROM THE SCENE.
If your personal injury suit involves any kind of accident, both your attorneys and the other attorneys on the case will want as much information concerning the accident as possible. You can help strengthen your case by providing any evidence you have from the site of the accident such as reports, notes, and photos or videos of the accident scene, vehicles, and witnesses. Make sure you document road conditions, witness accounts, as well as damage done to your car and the other vehicle(s) involved.
3) MEDICAL RECORDS.
In seeking damages, you will need to prove both the extent of your injuries and also the expenses you have incurred to seek appropriate care. With your authorization, your lawyer can request your records from the doctor who treated you. However, when you meet with your attorney, be sure to bring any records you have about medical visits, hospital stays, treatments, or medications as a result of your accident. The more information you can provide, the stronger your case will be.
4) PHYSICAL EVIDENCE.
If you have any physical evidence from the accident, you can preserve it or take pictures to document the extent of the accident. This can include a bloody piece of clothing, a cell phone that got smashed or cracked in the accident, or a piece of metal from your car. Make sure that any pictures you have include a time stamp.
PREPARING FOR YOUR PERSONAL INJURY CASE
Do you have any additional questions about mounting the strongest possible offense in your personal injury case? Reach out to McLaurin Law in Houston, Texas. We are here to represent your interests effectively and recover the compensation you are due. Contact us to set up a consultation.
Jason McLaurin is a founding member of McLaurin Law. He has over a decade of experience representing clients at trial, arbitration, and mediation in matters concerning insurance policyholder recovery disputes, complex commercial litigation, and catastrophic personal injury claims. He also represents businesses as outside general counsel for clients in a variety of industries including construction, oil and gas, maritime, technology, and professional services. He is licensed and handles matters in both Texas and Louisiana.