The Role of Evidence in Winning Your Personal Injury Case

For a personal injury victim to receive compensation, the individual must first prove that the other party committed a wrongful act and, by doing so, caused the injured party actual harm. Having sufficient proof can make the difference between winning or losing your personal injury case.

The role of evidence should never be underestimated. Our personal injury attorneys are standing by ready to discuss the evidence in your personal injury cases and how it can affect your case outcome.

Types of Evidence in Personal Injury Case

Whether you are submitting an insurance claim or filing a personal injury suit, you will need ample evidence to prove the other party’s liability and the specific losses that you have endured.

Common types of evidence include:

Photographs and Videos

Usually, the strongest physical evidence, photographs, give great insight into the cause of an accident or injury. In an auto accident, debris in the road, the positioning of the vehicles, and skid marks demonstrate what caused the crash. In a slip and fall, a photograph can show slippery substances, whether it was reasonably visible, and any warning signs. Photos are an important part of proving damages such as those which show, lacerations, bruises, burns, or fractures.

A video can provide powerful evidence and may be more readily available in some cases, such as motor vehicle accidents. For cars that have dash cams, the accident may be recorded on video, showing exactly what happened in real-time.

Police Report

Under Georgia law, motorists are required to contact the police in any accident that causes bodily injury, death, or property damage over $500. When a police officer arrives on the scene, the officer will draft a written report detailing the accident.

A car accident report will include the names of the drivers involved in the crash, where and when the crash took place, what happened, and the names of any witnesses.

Witness Testimony

Testimony from a credible witness can be a powerful tool to win a jury over. Having the event told through the eyes of a witness can help jurors understand how an accident unfolded. However, the reliability of witness testimony is often questioned since witnesses may not always hear and see things accurately at the moment.

Medical Records

An accident will leave you with a number of medical bills, from ambulatory services, emergency room visits, surgeries, hospitalization, and follow-up doctor visits. Medical notes are invaluable in a personal injury case, discussing your medical diagnoses and treatments.

Financial Statements

You must have documentation of any expenses related to your accident. This is where keeping organized financial statements is a must. It is ideal to have one account that you use for medical expenses so that these records can be tracked down more easily.

Evidence and Case Outcome

The more convincing the evidence that you present, the better chance you will have of being compensated for all your injuries and losses. In civil cases, each side has to prove their case by a preponderance of the evidence. This means that each side has the task of proving that there is a greater than 50% chance that their claim is true.

Photographs, videos, witness testimony, and evidence of your losses will be critical factors in a jury’s verdict. To be entitled to compensation, you must prove the other party’s negligence and that you suffered measurable losses. 

Contact a Cumming, GA Personal Injury Lawyer Today

We can be injured in a host of different situations. When your injury was the fault of another person’s carelessness, our legal system requires that you are compensated accordingly.

If you have been injured, contact us today to schedule your free consultation. We can be reached online or by calling 770-887-1209.