Have you been injured recently as a result of someone else’s negligence? If you have suffered an injury, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. To confirm your eligibility, speak with Boston personal injury lawyers today; schedule your free consultation and receive a free case evaluation.
The first few days after the accident are the most important ones. In these few days, you usually take certain steps to increase your chances of obtaining the highest compensation possible for your injuries. Or, you do nothing and lose your compensation as a result.
To avoid common mistakes, here are the things that you should do right away after the accident, and the evidence that you will need to prove your personal injury case.
Right after the accident, try and gather as much evidence as you can. Start by taking out your phone and snapping a few photos. Always try and take photos of the following:
- The scene of the accident
- Parties involved
- Surrounding area
- Vehicles involved (if there are any)
- Traffic signs or any other signs (if there are any)
- Your injuries
The best option is to take several photos from different angles. That way, your attorney will be able to accurately recreate the events and prove the other party’s negligence.
Note: Print the photos as soon as you can. Having a printed copy is much more secure than keeping a digital copy on your phone.
If the store owner/manager closes the area right after the accident (as are the cases in a slip and fall accident), ask for permission to go in and take photos of the accident. If you are denied permission to enter, be sure to write that down along with the name of the person who denied your entrance, time it happened and the date.
Having physical evidence will always benefit your case. Something that you can touch and hold, as opposed to a photo, a description, or a “word” in general. Physical evidence will always have priority over any other type of evidence. It can include:
- A piece of torn clothes
- Damaged motorcycle, bicycle or a car
- A defective product
As long as the evidence is well-preserved, you will be able to use it in your case. Be sure to let personal injury attorneys in Boston know how the accident occurred, and present them with all the evidence that you may have.
Proving negligence is very important in every personal injury case. Without it, you will not be able to file a claim and will not receive compensation for your:
- Property damage
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Always contact an attorney as soon as you can, right after the accident, and start working on your case together. Remember to do everything mentioned above and you will drastically increase your odds of securing the highest compensation possible. Fail to do so, and face the consequences.