The Importance of Preserving Evidence In A Personal Injury Case
In many Personal Injury * cases, the outcome is often reliant on the evidence that is presented against the opposing party. It is crucial to preserve key pieces of evidence to prove your case. It is essential to gather this evidence in a timely manner as evidence may dissipate, become lost or unavailable. The best time to gather evidence is immediately after the incident has occurred. If possible, take photographs of the scene of the incident and of any physical injuries you may have sustained.
Your first port of call is to check to see if you or anybody else involved in the incident needs medical attention. For your safety and well-being, immediate medical attention is encouraged.
It is important that, if you have sustained a personal injury * that you book an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible after the incident, regardless of how minor you think the injuries are, as in some cases these minor injuries can develop into a more serious threat to your health.
Obtain a Medical Report
In order to bring legal proceedings forward, a medical report should be obtained. Your solicitor will write out to any medical practitioner you have seen as a result of your injury to obtain this report. Once this is received, a Form A application can be sent to the Injuries Board for assessment. Your solicitor will make this application for you.
Eyewitnesses are individuals who viewed the incident first-hand. It is essential to gather the eyewitnesses contact details. The eyewitness can provide a signed statement which states how they witnessed the incident unfold. This may be of help to you when it comes to making a claim after the incident.
Obtain CCTV Footage
If there is CCTV footage of the incident it is important to notify the holders of the footage. By law, CCTV footage must only be kept for 30 days unless the injured party requests for the footage to be held.
Accident Report Forms
Often when an accident happens in a public place or work place an accident report form is filled in by the place where the accident happened. You are entitled to ask for a copy of this report as it may help you in making your claim.
Preserving Evidence after a Road Traffic Accident
In some cases, you may be unable to gather any evidence after the accident due to the severity of your injuries. Often the person involved in the accident is taken by ambulance which makes it difficult to gather any evidence. Your health and well-being should certainly be top priority for you after an accident. Although, when it is possible, you should obtain the following information after a road traffic accident;
- Details of the driver’s car registration number, insurance company and policy number.
- Details of Gardaí and station.
- Name, address and contact telephone numbers of the driver(s).
- Name, addresses and contact telephone numbers of any witnesses.
- Details of the driver’s insurance company and policy number.
- Contact your Insurance company and report the accident
- Take photographs if you have a camera or camera phone.
- Record information such as street names; the vehicles’ locations on the road and the direction of traffic at the point of collision.
Contact Tracey Solicitors today and tell us about your case. Tracey Solicitors draw on over 30 years of experience as personal injury solicitors * and have the expertise and knowledge to help you navigate the legalities of making a claim without any of the legal jargon attached to it. Our promise is to make law accessible to all. For more information call 01 649 9900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your case.