If you have been involved in an accident or injury caused by the carelessness of another person, then you may be able to hold that person liable. Preserving physical evidence of the accident and injuries may help your case greatly if you decide to pursue one in the first place. After an incident occurs, it pays to act quickly. The reasons behind this are that accident scenes can be altered, memories may not be reliable, and evidence can be misplaced.
In Different Accidents, What Should Be Kept?
- Motor Vehicle Accidents: Take photos of the car accident scene, your injuries sustained, and all property damage. Also get copies of medical records that pertain to your after-accident treatment. Keep copies of property damage estimates, repair records, obtain any police reports, and anything else you believe is relevant.
- Defective Consumer Products: If a faulty product caused your injury, be sure to preserve the item in the same condition it was in when the incident took place. You should also keep all written instructions, warnings, labels, and packaging that came with the item. If you can’t find the receipt in your personal records, ask the seller if there is a copy.
- Medical Malpractice and Birth Injuries: Keep or obtain copies of all medical records that pertain to the medical treatment. You should also keep all those related to any second or third opinions obtained from other health care providers. When the physical injury is visible, be sure to take photos that depict evidence of potentially improper medical treatment.
Speaking of photos, there is some very important information that you should know about keeping picture evidence. Preserving physical evidence itself may not always be possible in every case that involves accidents and injuries. In certain situations, your best option is to take clear and detailed photographs of the area where the injury occurred. You should take these from multiple angles and under the same conditions in which the accident happened.
How Can Returning to the Scene Be Beneficial to Your Case?
If an accident happened to take place somewhere other than in your own home, then you should return to the scene as soon as possible to locate any evidence and photograph any conditions that may have contributed to the accident. You may find things that you were not aware of when the accident occurred, but may be beneficial in helping to explain what happened. You may also find somebody who may have seen or knows what took place when the accident happened. Seeing things from different views can help your case greatly. Having photographs could be something that you can give to the insurance company down the road to indicate how well prepared you are to get the settlement you are entitled to.
Preserving evidence and maintaining good photographs of injuries and property damage can be extremely beneficial to your accident case. After you have done this, you may want to speak to an attorney who is experienced to handle your case. Call MDL today for a free consultation and claim review. We will be able to analyze the evidence you’ve gathered and provide you with information on if you have a legitimate claim or not.