Personal injury lawsuits involve a significant amount of evidence. This complex process requires the injured party gather documentation to prove every aspect of their case. It’s important to make sure that you build a strong case if you need to secure damages after being hurt through the negligence of someone else.
The other parties involved will use their attorneys and resources to reduce their liability to pay compensation. The volume of documents that you may see in your injury claim can be overwhelming for anyone. It’s strongly recommended that you speak with an experienced Nevada personal injury if you or a loved one need to recover compensation after being hurt in an accident.
The legal team at Oronoz & Ericsson has represented many injury victims throughout the Las Vegas area. We know what is necessary to build a strong case for compensation if you have been hurt in an accident. To discuss your options with one of our Vegas injury attorneys, call our office today at (702) 878-2889.
Police Reports Of Your Accident
Law enforcement officers are required to make reports about accidents and crimes that they respond to. These reports can provide great information regarding what first responders saw. Your attorney should be able to easily secure a copy of the police report as they build your case. This report can illustrate how the other party holds responsibility for your injuries and damages. However, it’s important to understand that a police report is generally not enough evidence to win your case. For example, the report may say that you were hit by the other driver, but it may not contain enough detail to establish that the other driver owes you compensation. Police reports are good places to start while your lawyer collects evidence in your case.
Incident Reports From The Insurance Companies
Like a police report, an insurance company will also write a report about an accident that involves one of their clients. This report will seek to specify what exactly happened. However, an experienced lawyer will understand that the main reason for this report is to reduce the insurance company’s liability to pay out damages. The insurance company will write their report in a manner that forwards this goal. This does not mean that documentation from the insurance company cannot help your case. Rather, this simply means that it represents only one side of the story.
Be sure to inform your insurance company about the details of your accident. However, do not do either of the following without first consulting with your attorney:
- Accept financial compensation from an insurance provider
- Sign any documentation for an insurance provider
Statements From Accident Witnesses
A person who witnessed your accident can be of great help to prove your injury claim in pursuit of fair compensation. Witnesses should be reliable people who can clearly recall what they saw or knew regarding your accident. It’s ideal to have numerous witnesses. While you may imagine a witness speaking in court on your behalf, it doesn’t always work like that in a personal injury claim. If there are several witness statements in police or insurance reports, you may receive an acceptable financial settlement offer. However, if this doesn’t happen then your lawyer may need to secure an affidavit from one or several witnesses. This is a sworn statement where a witness recalls what they know about the accident, and then the statement is used in court as evidence. Witnesses can be either of the following:
- Lay witnesses – These people testify as to what they have personally experienced. Generally they will be someone who saw your accident, or has specific knowledge about the conditions that lead to your accident.
- Expert witnesses – These people are experts in a specific field, and their knowledge will come in handy when the court determines who holds fault in your accident. An example could be a person whose profession is to reconstruct car accident scenes.
An injured person may have significant medical bills, and may not be able to return to work for a long time. Recovering the compensation you need requires demonstrating not only that the other party was negligent, but that you sustained damages due to your accident. This may seem obvious, but recovering the financial help you need means that you must prove how much money your harm will cost you. This can be done by medical records provided by first responders and your doctors. These records will specifically prove the following:
- Costs related to emergency medical treatment
- Drug costs that you have incurred and will incur going forward
- Treatment and therapy that you will need in the future
- Records regarding emotional trauma that you sustained due to your injury
- Physical disability that you will continue to have due to your accident
Oronoz & Ericsson Injury Lawyers Can Help You
Legal cases often involve thousands of pages of documentation, and personal injury claims are no exception. It’s important to act quickly after you are injured. Your lawyer will need time to gather evidence and build a strong case. Evidence can fade or be lost if you take too long to act. Do not delay in contacting your lawyer. Our attorneys have years of experience, but the other parties involved in your case may aggressively resist helping you recover the financial help you need.