The Best Evidence to Support Your Accident Claim

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident due to the negligence of another, your life can change in an instant. Accidents vary in severity, but all can leave you with lasting effects physically, emotionally, and financially. To get the compensation you deserve, it’s important to obtain the evidence needed to prove liability and damages owed.

The insurance company of the at-fault party will have lawyers on their side that will try to lessen the settlement or deny liability altogether. Collecting pertinent and complete evidence in your accident solidifies a successful claim. Don’t know where to start? That’s where obtaining legal representation is vital. Lane & Lane, LLC has years of experience to fight for you. 

Proving Liability

Though there are a variety of incidents that can warrant a personal injury claim, there are common items of proof that will strengthen your case. Remember, the burden of proof is on the victim and the most successful claims are won with timely and accurate evidence

It’s the responsibility of a skilled personal injury attorney to take this task off of your hands. 

Collecting direct or physical evidence is first and foremost. Gathering official medical records, photographs, police reports, and witness statements will get your case off to a solid start. Additional proof such as witness statements, driving records, and your detailed description of the event should be obtained as soon as possible to ensure validity.   

Circumstantial evidence is also taken into consideration in determining liability by adding supporting information to the tangible proof collected. This is also known as indirect evidence and can lead to discussions requiring reasoning.  It brings to light a series of factors or occurrences other than the particular fact in question. 

Determining the Value of Your Damages

There are different categories taken into consideration when it comes time to calculate the damages owed to you in a personal injury case. Economic, non-economic, and punitive damages should be calculated when coming to the conclusion of what fair compensation in your case will be. Each case is unique and our team has extensive experience calculating loss. 

Economic damages are damages with a nominative value that is easily verifiable. Medical bills, the cost of replacement or repair of a vehicle, and lost wages are examples. Non-economic damages are less concrete, they include pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of consortium. Punitive damages apply when there is malice involved from the at-fault party. 

Evidence used to support the amount of compensation asked for in a personal injury claim may include pay stubs, bills from the mechanic or body shop, tax returns, and expert testimony. 

Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers will Advocate for You

There are many types of accidents that can cause a wide array of injuries. If you have suffered because of a motor vehicle accident, workplace injury, an accident on someone else’s property, or an accident during the use of public transportation, you are eligible to receive damages if others are found to be at fault. Solid proof determines the success of your case. 

Pursuing a personal injury claim is a complicated matter. Let Lane & Lane, LLC take the burden of proof off of you so you can focus on your road to recovery. Contact us today for a free consultation at 312-332-1400 or by completing the online form below. 

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