Personal Injury Cases: Remembering the Details
No one ever plans to get hurt. But personal injury can happen when you least expect it and can be a very fraught situation. As difficult as it can be to live through a traumatic accident, remembering the details of how it happened can be even harder at a later date.
The highly skilled team at HN Injury Lawyers will work with you to recover the details of the accident that led to your injury. It is by noting these important details that you will be able to make your case in a clear and cohesive manner and get the compensation you need to recover fully. Contact us today at (657) 333-5726.
In the meantime, here are some ideas of the evidence we’ll be looking for.
Photographs of the accident scene may really help your case. For example, a photo of a broken step leading up to your apartment unit can be used as evidence in a premises liability claim against your landlord. Whether it is damage to the vehicle you were in at the time of a car accident, an uneven sidewalk that caused you to trip and fall, or the injuries you sustained in an accident, photos can make a huge difference in the outcome of each case. It is also important to make sure the date is noted on each photograph taken of the area or object.
In addition to photographic evidence, your personal account of the incident will be a major component in determining the success of your case. The more time passes since the incident, the hazier the details will become in your brain. It is therefore helpful to write out a detailed description of what occurred before, during, and after the incident in question – and doing it as soon after the incident as you can. The more time that goes by without a detailed record, the harder it will be for you to accurately remember and present a detailed analysis of the incident in question to the insurance company.
The Scene of the Accident
At the time you were injured, you may have been disoriented and not taking in what actually transpired. It may be helpful to return to the area where the incident occurred to take photographs or write down notes on the environmental details. Revisiting the area at a less stressful time may reveal specific details that contributed to the accident. In the event of a trip and fall, for instance, there may have a been a dangerous crack in the pavement or a defective handrail that was overlooked on the day of the accident.
One of the most effective forms of evidence you can have after an accident is a detailed record of your medical treatment. Any photographs of the injury, whether it is a burn injury, laceration, or other type of visible wound, would also be important in proving your case. Speaking of, not only is it imperative to seek out medical treatment for your health and wellbeing after an accident, it is also important to keep any medical records as proof of this treatment. Accurate medical records can make a difference in getting you the compensation you need.
How to File a Claim
The more evidence you can gather, the more accurate those records of the accident are, the more likely you will be able to negotiate full compensation from the at-fault party. Make detailed notes of any financial losses you may have suffered, as well as any conversations you have had with doctors, experts, or eyewitnesses. More than one account of the incident can help prove your case.
Insurance companies aim to pay the lowest amount possible in the event of a personal injury. By having a complete record of the details involved with your case, you can instead get the compensation you deserve. The Santa Ana personal injury attorneys at HN Injury Lawyers will negotiate on your behalf. Contact our office today at (657) 333-5726 for a free consultation.