Collecting Evidence in an Alabama Personal Injury CasePublished: Dec 12, 2017 in Personal Injury
The personal injury attorneys at Belt & Bruner, P.C. have years of experience, and we understand that collecting evidence in a personal injury case in Alabama is critical to securing a favorable outcome. However, you can also play an important role in gathering and preserving valuable evidence starting when you call your lawyer following your injury occurs.
There are many things that can cause stress if you or a loved one have been hurt in an accident caused by someone else’s negligence. Your first concern is taking care of your recovery, which may be lengthy, but you also have to worry about paying bills if you’ve missed work. You also may be concerned about seeking proper compensation from those responsible for your injuries.
Do not hesitate to contact the personal injury lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C., as soon as possible if you have been hurt due to the negligence of another person. We understand that each personal injury case is unique, and we will make sure that we find and secure all of the evidence necessary to seek proper compensation for you and your family. Call our office today at (205) 933-1500 for a free consultation regarding your case.
Your Lawyer Must Pursue Evidence from Every Party Involved
When you seek legal help after an injury, your lawyer will have to identify every party that may have evidence that can help your case, and then act quickly to preserve that evidence for when it may be needed. This evidence will help demonstrate that the other person acted negligently and that their negligence resulted in your injuries. Evidence can help you in court, but it can also help you successfully gain a settlement offer that provides you with enough compensation to help you move on with your life.
Shortly after one of our personal injury attorneys in Alabama begins working on your case, we will send a formal notice to all parties to preserve evidence that is relevant to your claim. Often known as a spoliation letter, this will demand that they either turn over or protect valuable evidence. This document also acts as a safeguard in the event that other parties destroy the evidence and try to claim that it was an accident. Among the many people who can provide important evidence in your case, some include police, your medical caretakers, and those who personally witnessed your accident.
You Can Seek To Preserve Valuable Evidence Immediately After Being Injured
Your case can result in a successful settlement offer that is negotiated by your attorney with the insurance provider of the person who hurt you. Getting a good settlement offer, however, often requires physical evidence. Collecting evidence in a personal injury case must be done quickly since certain factors can fade away or disappear. After you have been hurt in an accident, you should collect items such as:
- Witness information– Try and gather the names and contact information of anyone who was at the scene of your accident. Phone numbers, email addresses, and even work information will be very helpful to your lawyer.
- Medical records– As your lawyer, we can seek your medical records that are related to your accident. These are extremely valuable in proving your injuries. However, you should be sure to collect as much information as you can, including proof of every doctor or medical professional you met.
- Your damaged property– Many things can get lost in the chaos of an accident, but try to keep as much of your damaged belongings as possible. This includes torn clothing or destroyed vehicle parts.
- Photographs– You can’t take too many pictures after being hurt by the reckless behavior of someone else. Take pictures of your injuries immediately, and as they develop. Pictures of your injuries and damaged property can help your personal injury lawyer piece together your accident for a judge or insurance representative.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers at Belt & Bruner, P.C. Can Help You
Gathering evidence in your case should begin immediately and will continue until you receive a favorable outcome and proper compensation. Our office has helped many injured individuals recover after being hurt by the negligence of another, and we know how to gather and protect evidence that can win you the compensation you deserve.
Contact Belt & Bruner, P.C., as soon as possible to discuss your injuries and seeking damages from the responsible party. To speak with an experienced personal injury lawyer, contact us today at (205) 933-1500. With offices in Birmingham, Mobile, Huntsville, and Montgomery, our Alabama personal injury attorneys will quickly travel to investigate your case and may be able to help you obtain compensation.