How to Avoid Having Your Case Go Away
Probably the most crucial time in any personal injury claim is the period immediately following the injury. Evidence is at its freshest and clearest in this stage, and documenting that evidence is relatively easy. At this point, it’s vital for all personal injury victims to take steps to preserve that evidence before it goes away, because the strength of your claim will depend in large part on how well your injuries are documented, as well as the negligence of the person who injured you.
First, if Law Enforcement or another government agency investigates the incident, make sure you get a case number or contact info for the officer. That will ensure you are able to order any report that is made as a result of the investigation. Second, take photographs of your injuries and any property damage and back up those pictures. Too often, victims of personal injury only think to document their injuries after days or weeks healing. Although the initial injuries may have been quite dramatic, they will often look significantly better after even a few days. Also, the convenience of camera phones results in many crucial pictures getting lost, deleted, or stolen before they can be transferred to a more stable storage location.
If you are unsure if you are correctly documenting your claim or missing evidence, a personal injury attorney can help guide you in that process.