If you have been injured in an accident, you might be considering making a claim. If you think you might want to make a claim you should gather evidence together now. This is because the first 2-3 days after the accident are the most crucial. Even if you’re not sure you’ll go ahead with your claim, it’s worth gathering evidence anyway. You never know, you could come across something that could help you win your case.
Let’s imagine that you were involved in a car accident. The damage to your car is physical evidence that the accident took place. If you were injured in a trip and fall accident, the damaged flooring, for example, is evidence.
Did you know that physical evidence can also help to prove the extent of your injuries? If, for example, there is blood on your car seat or clothing, it can help you to prove the accident took place.
Any photographs that you take can really help your personal injury case. This is because they can help to show the extent of the accident. Be sure to take photographs from a range of angles as this will help to clearly show what happened. It does not matter whether you use a camera on a smartphone, a regular camera, or something else. Take as many photos as you can and pick out the clearest. If you can, you could consider taking a video.
You are allowed to take photographs in public places. However, you might need to ask for permission if an area has been closed due to the accident, or for another reason. If you are not permitted to enter the area, write down the date and time. Also, make a note of the person who denied your request and why they did so.
The Scene of the Accident
If you can, try to return to the scene of the accident. It may help you gather evidence. You might find something that you weren’t expecting to find, such as traffic lights that don’t work or a hole in the sidewalk. Take photographs from many different angles. Photograph the area at the same time of day as your accident. This could help to show how many cars are around at that time of day, for example.
When it comes to your injuries, you need to show that they were caused by the accident. Make a note of what injuries were sustained, whether you have burns, bruising, or anything else. Photograph your injuries, and make sure you keep your medical records. Note down any difficulties and treatments that you have. The court will need to know how your life has been affected by the accident. You should also mention any emotional difficulties you’ve been having since the accident.
Use the above suggestions to help you with your personal injury case. Make sure you also contact a lawyer so they can help you if you choose to make a claim.