What Evidence and Documentation Do You Need to Bring to a Personal Injury Trial?

Whether or not the defendant, the party that injured you, denies or accepts liability for your accident-related losses, you will need to gather evidence to support your claim and present it in the personal injury trial. While not all personal injury claims reach the trial stage, your Forsyth County, GA, personal injury attorney will still need to gather evidence for your claim.

After investigating your case and collecting the necessary evidence, your attorney will review it and use it to build a strong case for maximum compensation. They will then present the evidence to support your claim in the personal injury trial. In general, the evidence and documentation you need for your personal injury claim includes the following:

Physical Evidence of Your Injuries and The Accident Scene

This includes tangible items, like your shredded and bloody clothing, pieces of a broken headlight in a car crash, vehicle damage, property damage, and photos and videos of your injuries. The accident scene will also provide evidence, such as slippery floors, skid marks, and shards of glass, among others.

Collect whatever items you can, and make sure to take pictures or videos of the accident scene. These items can provide clues about what happened, who is at fault for the accident, and who should be held financially responsible for the accident and your losses.

Documentation Related to The Accident

Keep all important documents, including the police or incident report, medical bills, photos, videos, pay stubs, insurance policies and statements, written statements from eyewitnesses or other related parties, and correspondences with insurance adjusters and companies.

Eyewitness Statements

Statements from people who witnessed the accident will be immensely helpful to your case. If you managed to talk to witnesses at the accident scene, make sure to give your attorney their statements and contact information.

Document Your Recovery

It is vitally important to document the nature and severity of your injuries and your recovery by obtaining appropriate medical treatment as recommended by your doctors. It is important to capture and preserve all of the ways that the accident and injury have negatively affected your life. Photos and videos depicting your limitations, injuries, and medical treatment are particularly helpful. Be sure to document any disruption in your normal life, limitations, restrictions, pain, and activities and events you missed because you were injured.

Expert Opinions

Your Forsyth County, GA, personal injury attorney may work with specialists to assess the evidence and testify in court should your case head to trial. For example, in a motor vehicle case, your attorney may work with an accident reconstructionist to better understand how the crash happened. Likewise, if you suffered a catastrophic injury, your attorney may work with a medical expert to evaluate your medical records and provide an accurate prognosis of your condition and render a causation opinion in a detailed medical narrative or deposition.

Talk to a Forsyth County, GA, Personal Injury Attorney

There’s a lot that goes into mounting a successful personal injury case, including collecting the necessary evidence before it gets destroyed, damaged, or lost. If you have suffered injuries due to another’s negligent or intentional actions, reach out to the Forsyth County, GA, personal injury attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland as soon as possible. Schedule your free case review with our Forsyth County, GA, personal injury attorneys by calling 770-887-1209 or reaching us online.