The documentation of damages helps to increase the claimant’s chances for a fair settlement.
Actions required of claimant that hopes to win fair settlement
• Get the contact information for the other driver(s). Get the insurance information for that same individual.
• Get timely medical treatment for any sustained injury
• Get contact information for any witnesses.
• Show that the other driver was at-fault
• Show that the accident resulted in creation of an injury, or in damage to the claimant’s vehicle.
How different types of evidence work to strengthen a claimant or plaintiff’s case?
The police report might offer a clue, as to who was at-fault. It might contain mention of ticket that was given to one of the drivers. It might contain a reference to some careless or neglectful action that was carried out by one of the 2 opposing parties.
A return to the accident site could help with a collection of valuable evidence. There might be tire tracks at that same location. There might be debris on the ground, or hanging from a bush or tree, at the spot where the accident took place.
A drawing could be made of that location. It should show whether or not there were any traffic lights. It should also show how many lanes were in the roadway that was used by the involved vehicles.
Claimants that keep a journal, and record each painful sensation have a better chance for winning a fair settlement. The information in that same journal could support a claim that the accident had caused the claimant’s injury.
Claimants that have made a point of saving all of their medical bills possess the sort of evidence that can be used to show the full extent of their damages. A lawyer’s possession of such evidence helps with demonstration of one specific element of negligence, namely the fact that the victim has suffered measurable losses.
Contact witnesses, in order to assess the credibility of any testimony from each interviewed witness. By working with a Personal Injury Lawyer in Mississauga, a claimant or plaintiff should be able to determine whether or not a witness’s offered testimony would come from someone that had actually seen or heard the injury-causing collision.
Study any available photographs of the damage to property, or of harm done to the drivers, or to any occupants of the vehicles. Do the pictures match with the information that was in the statements made by the drivers?
Do the reported and pictured injuries match with the sort of impact that has, allegedly caused them? For instance, has the occupant of a car that received a side impact suffered an injury to an arm or a leg? Lawyers’ welcome discovery of evidence that supports a client’s claim.