What Kind of Evidence Do You Need in a Personal Injury Lawsuit?
Evidence in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
If you’ve been injured due to another’s negligence, you may be considering filing a lawsuit. Our North Carolina personal injury lawyers are often asked, “What kind of evidence do you need in a personal injury lawsuit?”
There are many different types of evidence that can be used to prove fault in a personal injury lawsuit. In most cases, a personal injury attorney can help collect and organize this evidence to support your case.
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How to Prove Fault in a Personal Injury Lawsuit
The plaintiff’s task in a personal injury lawsuit is to prove that the defendant was liable for the plaintiff’s injuries. Liability is often contested, and personal injury lawsuits require a significant amount of evidence to prove fault.
In order to prove fault in a personal injury lawsuit, plaintiffs generally need to prove four things:
- The at-fault party had a duty to avoid causing you harm (a “duty of care”)
- The at-fault party violated this duty
- The at-fault party’s violation of this duty directly caused your injury
- You suffered damages (injury, property damage, or any other kind of loss)
Evidence That Can Prove Fault in a Personal Injury Case
There are many different types of evidence that can be used to prove fault in a personal injury lawsuit.
Evidence in a personal injury lawsuit may include:
- Medical Records — The medical records will show exactly what injuries the plaintiff suffered and what kind of treatment is required.
- Photos — Photos from the accident or crash scene are often important evidence in a personal injury lawsuit. These photos may include injuries, vehicle or property damage, skid marks, debris, signage and pavement markings, etc.
- Video — In some accident cases, surveillance video or dash cam footage may be available to help shed light on what exactly happened and prove liability.
- Witness Testimony — Eyewitness accounts can help provide context to the accident and help prove fault in a personal injury case.
- Expert Witness Testimony — In some cases, attorneys will bring in expert witnesses such as accident reconstructionists, medical doctors, or federal trucking safety experts to testify on behalf of the plaintiff in a personal injury case and help prove liability.
- Accident Report — The official accident report provided by law enforcement contains valuable information concerning the facts and circumstances of the accident, as well as the officer’s interpretation of what happened.
- Physical Evidence — In certain cases, physical evidence, like a broken stairway railing or a defective product, can help prove liability in a personal injury lawsuit. It’s important to preserve any physical evidence exactly as it was at the time of the accident.
It’s important to note that every personal injury lawsuit or claim is different, and proving liability may involve difference types of evidence in each specific case.
Some law firms, like Riddle & Brantley, have experienced investigators on staff to help prove liability and strengthen your personal injury lawsuit. These investigators can help collect and preserve evidence, identify and interview witnesses, coordinate with law enforcement, and more.
At Riddle & Brantley, we have retired law enforcement officers on staff to assist our attorneys and clients with comprehensive accident investigations.
Do You Have a Personal Injury Claim?
If you’ve been injured due to someone else’s negligence, you deserve justice and our North Carolina injury attorneys are ready to help.
For help building a personal injury case in North Carolina, please call 1-800-525-7111 or complete the fast and easy form below.
The consultation is free, there are no upfront costs, and we don’t get paid unless you do. If we don’t recover compensation for you, you won’t pay any attorney fees. It’s as simple as that.
Call 1-800-525-7111 today for a free, no-obligation consultation with an experienced North Carolina personal injury attorney.
Since 2000 alone, we’ve recovered more than $600 million in compensation for victims of others’ negligence, and we would love to help you however we can (see disclaimer below).
Justice Counts for injured North Carolinians. Call 1-800-525-7111 today and let’s review your case.
*** Disclaimer: The results mentioned are intended to illustrate the type of cases handled by the firm. These results do not guarantee a similar outcome, and they should not be construed to constitute a promise or guarantee of a particular result in any particular case. Every case is different, and the outcome of any case depends upon a variety of factors unique to that case.