The most important aspects of a personal injury trial are the pieces of evidence your personal injury attorney uses. They do this to prove the other party’s negligence and demonstrate the pain and suffering you experienced because of your injury.
Your Case Would Only Get to Trial if You File a Lawsuit
It’s common for personal injury lawyers to first seek adequate compensation through negotiations with the insurance companies or legal teams. But if negotiations don’t provide you the settlement you need, your attorney could file a personal injury lawsuit in Texas.
This could allow you to recover a fair settlement. However, no case is the same, and the types of evidence considered during a trial could vary from client to client.
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What Are the Strongest Elements of a Personal Injury Claim?
Your lawyer can gather and use many forms of evidence to prove liability, show the impact of your injury on your life, and demonstrate your need for more compensation.
- Photographic and video evidence: This includes photos and videos taken at the scene of an accident, of the area where a slip and fall incident occurred, of the product that malfunctioned and caused an injury, or of the injuries themselves
- Witness testimony: This evidence may include the testimony of people who witnessed your accident occur or who know about the negligence that caused your injury
- Medical diagnoses and records: Your pre-injury medical records, post-accident injury assessments, surgical and treatment notes to fix your injury, and more may be used
- Expert testimony: Lawyers may call on experts to prove the other party’s negligence, project future medical treatment and costs to treat your personal injury, etc
- Police reports: The police report can serve as the official timeline of events that occurred during an auto accident or other incident that caused your injury
- Insurance claims: You might have made a claim with your own auto or health insurance company and the at-fault party’s insurance companies. The existence of these claims can be used as evidence in your personal injury trial
- Communications with all insurance companies involved: Any claim denials or other correspondence between you and the insurance company (or your lawyer and the insurance company) may be used
- Personal testimony: You might even provide your side of the story, including what you remember about the incident, the level and types of pain you’ve experienced since the incident, how the injury has impacted your life and your family members’ lives, and more
The types of evidence your attorney uses can depend on the circumstances of your injury. For example, you may not have photographic evidence of a slip and fall accident occurring or its aftermath. However, you might have photos of your injuries and the safety hazards in the area that contributed to your fall.
How Can I Help Strengthen My Personal Injury Case?
If you’ve suffered a personal injury and plan to pursue a fair settlement with the help of your attorney, here are some ways to make your case more efficient and effective:
- Document the scene of the incident, if possible. If you are not gravely injured or in need of emergency medical care, take photos and videos of the accident. For instance, you might take photos and video of all vehicles, your passengers, and any property involved in an auto accident. Or, you might take photos of the hazard that caused your slip and fall accident.
- Seek medical attention right away. As soon as you can after the incident, visit the hospital or your doctor to assess your injuries, receive a medical diagnosis, begin treatment, and document the whole process. This step makes sure you’re taking care of yourself and helps prove your injuries and need for compensation.
- Keep all medical bills. Whether your health insurance coverage takes care of the bills or you have to pay them yourself, keep all bills and copies of payment receipts (or insurance claims). Your lawyer can use these to show you need help paying for your recovery.
- Start a journal. Keep a journal after the accident to document what you remember about the incident, how it’s impacted your life, and the pain you’re suffering.
- Don’t sign any documents from (or make statements to) the at-fault party. Avoid giving a personal statement to the at-fault party’s insurance company or legal team unless instructed by your attorney. Doing so may jeopardize your ability to recover compensation.
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Loncar Lyon Jenkins Can Fight for You and Your Family
Suffering a personal injury can be devastating for you and your family. However, you can work with our lawyers with experience in your type of personal injury incident. Our lawyers want to help you and secure compensation for your losses.
The Texas personal injury lawyers at Loncar Lyon Jenkins can use their knowledge of personal injury law to fight for you. Call us for your free case review today. We can also discuss important aspects to consider during a personal injury trial.