Next, we are going to do some detective work in order to make sure that your claim has a good chance of being accepted.
- Revisiting the scene of an accident
- Safeguarding any related physical evidence
- Finding and interviewing witnesses
- Establishing detailed documentation regarding your injuries
The common denominator in all these actions is that we need to accomplish them as quickly and as thoroughly as possible. Whether your injuries were the result of a car wreck, a broken step, or a medication error, the faster we get going when it comes to gathering evidence related to it, the more useful that evidence will be in backing up your claim. When taking photographs, it’s important to take a number of pictures from a variety of different angles. Make sure that you have a reliable friend or family member with you when you do. You can have them write a note stating when and where the pictures were taken. Small steps like this can add up to making a substantial difference in the outcome of a personal injury case. If you were in a car accident, we will make sure that we get photographs of your damaged vehicle.
If your injuries were the result of an uneven sidewalk or a broken step, we will need to photograph this evidence as well. When finding witnesses, we don’t have to limit it to talking only to those individuals who witnessed your accident occur. Any person who saw you before or after you were injured may be a useful asset. For example, an individual who helped you call an ambulance after an accident can testify to the extent of your injuries. When supplying medical records concerning your injuries, we’ll make sure they are complete and include photographs of your injuries as well as documentation concerning any diagnosis and treatment. The saying that “less is more” does not apply here! The more evidence we have, the better chance we will have of getting an insurance company to accept your claim or of winning in court if a trial becomes necessary.
By working with a knowledgeable Washington personal injury attorney to aid you in the gathering of evidence related to your claim, you make a better case during negotiations or possible civil litigation.