Obtaining a fair settlement for your injury claim begins with preserving the evidence of your accident and injury. Without proper evidence, your claim will be much more difficult to prove in court. An experienced attorney can help you document and preserve your accident evidence as you prepare for trial.
Physical Evidence to Preserve
Really, anything that pertains to your accident should be kept rather than thrown away, even if you don’t think it matters. The most important things to preserve when you are considering filing a Hawaii personal injury claim are:
- Photographs or video of the accident scene and your injuries;
- Any objects that contributed to your injury (debris, defective products, etc.);
- Police reports; and
- Damaged clothing.
If vehicles were involved in your accident, you may need to speak to your insurance company or a mechanic about storing them for use as potential evidence, especially if a manufacturer’s defect contributed to the crash. All physical evidence may be subject to further investigation and testing, so it’s important to keep it secure.
Preserving Witness Reports and Other Verbal Evidence
While at the scene of the accident, you should get the contact information and a brief statement from any witnesses that remained on the scene. When you file your Hawaii personal injury claim your Hawaii personal injury lawyer can help you contact and interview the witnesses to create a witness statement. Later if your claim goes to court, these witnesses may be brought to the court to testify as evidence for your claim.
You should also be keeping a record of your own injuries and how they impact your day-to-day life. This personal diary following your accident will help support the validity of your Hawaii personal injury claim. You should also keep an ongoing log of all doctors’ visits and medical procedures, as well as how they are helping your recovery.
Preserving and collecting the evidence for your injury claim can be a difficult task without the help of an attorney. Your attorney can assist you in obtaining hard-to-get documents, keeping your physical evidence secure and un-tampered with, and obtaining witness testimony to support your claim.
After a serious car accident in Hawaii, you should be able to spend your time focusing on your recovery; not dealing with insurance adjustors, never-ending paperwork and complicated legalese. The Hawaii personal injury attorney group at Davis Levin Livingston will fight for your rights while you focus on healing. Serving accident victims on Oahu, Maui, the Big Island, Kauai and beyond. Contact us today for a free case evaluation – (866) 806-4349.