When you file an auto accident lawsuit in SC, you have the burden of proof. The at-fault driver doesn’t have to prove that they are not responsible for your injuries – you must prove that they are responsible.
Their insurance company knows this. So, while you are trying to build your case, they will be doing everything they can to undermine it.
The surest way to maximize your settlement offer, or to win your case at trial, is to collect as much evidence as possible. Your SC personal injury attorney at Axelrod and Associates will take on the responsibility of collecting most of the evidence you will need and deciding how best to present it.
But, you can also help gather evidence during the early stages, starting at the scene of the accident.
You can help to gather and preserve evidence for your case in two main areas – First, if possible, you can gather evidence immediately after the accident at the scene.
Second, although your attorney may also request medical records directly from the provider, you can help to ensure that your attorney has information about all medical providers and by making sure that you follow through with your medical appointments and recommended treatment.
If you are able to do so without endangering yourself or others, collect:
Even if you don’t receive medical care at the scene and you are not transported to a hospital, you should visit your doctor immediately after any auto accident.
You will need documentation of your injuries and treatment if you decide to file a lawsuit, and there may be delayed onset injuries that were not obvious immediately after the car wreck.
Keep records of all your health-care appointments, treatment, and payments. Also, ask your doctor for a copy of all your medical records related to the accident, including any x-rays, MRIs, or CT scans.
If your injuries prevent you from working, keep careful records of all missed wages.
Your personal injury attorney will gather evidence through the discovery process and may use private investigators to gather information on witnesses or the defendant.
Your SC auto accident attorney at Axelrod and Associates will help you gather the evidence you need to establish liability and to collect damages for your current and future medical costs, missed earnings, property losses, and pain and suffering. Your attorney can also help you determine if collecting punitive damages is a possibility in your case.