After you have been injured and decided to file a personal injury claim, the first few days can be crucial. The act of gathering as well as preserving evidence can make or break a case. However, for many, they have never filed a personal injury claim before, so they let good evidence degrade away. If you are getting your claim ready, here are some important steps to take.
Return to the Scene
If you were injured outside of your home, the first step you should take is to return to the scene as soon as possible to locate any evidence and photograph any conditions that you think may have been the cause or even contributed to the accident. This can include things like a loose floorboard that may have tripped you, or a traffic light that was out which prevented you from following traffic laws.
Preserve Physical Evidence
You would be surprised how much physical evidence can make a difference, as well as how quickly it can disappear. Having a car that can show how the accident went down or a piece of torn or bloody clothing that can show the extent of the injury can be handy. However, sometimes your physical evidence can’t be preserved, and this is where photographs come in.
Taking Good Photographs
Photographic evidence is key in many personal injury claims. While taking pictures with a phone or a Polaroid is fine, the better detail you can get, the better it will be for your case. Be sure to take photographs of what you believe to be responsible for your accident from a number of different angles, as well as try to capture the scene as a whole. Remember that when trying to prove your case, the more that can be seen of your perspective, the better.
While preserving evidence is important, you shouldn’t put so much pressure on yourself to do it alone. If you have been injured and are filing a personal injury claim, contact us today. The Clardy Law Firm can help advise you in all steps to make sure your case is a success.