Collecting Evidence after an Accident
You and your personal injury attorney must work together
The Law Offices of Robert Olkowitz, P.C. is a firm dedicated to helping clients who are injured due to the reckless, negligent, or unsafe actions by a doctor, driver, property owner, or manufacturer. Our attorneys diligently investigate the circumstances behind each accident to determine precisely what happened and identify everyone who may share responsibility. And when our clients have the opportunity to collect evidence directly from the scene, it provides the opportunity to work together to develop the most effective case possible.
The moments after an accident are the best time to collect evidence
Naturally, the most important consideration after an accident is obtaining any immediate medical attention needed. One call to 911 provides all medical and other emergency assistance required. But if you or someone with you has an opportunity to collect evidence, it can be invaluable in supporting your case. Every type of accident provides different opportunities to collect evidence. Here are some things you should collect:
- Information when others are involved: Motor vehicle accidents typically involve other individuals, including drivers and witnesses. For drivers, make sure you have license and insurance information. For everyone, make sure you have basic contact information. But limit your conversations to the business at hand never discuss the accident or admit any degree of fault.
- Police reports: If the police come to the scene of the accident, be sure to obtain a copy of the report they prepare.
- Photographic evidence: Take pictures of everything related to the accident and damages. For example, all vehicles and the road conditions should be photographed after a car accident. For any type of accident, pictures of injuries can be helpful.
- Items related to the accident: Retain everything related to the accident, including damaged items inside a vehicle or all packaging and documentation supplied with a consumer product that caused injury.
- Medical documentation: Make sure you get copies of all documentation from a treating physician or hospital, including diagnostic information and anything pertaining to the prognosis for recovery. This information is always helpful, but it can be particularly critical when you are pursuing a medical malpractice case.
- Receipts: Keep every receipt including those for medical treatment, the costs of prescription drugs, over-the-counter pain medication, medical devices such as crutches or braces, and even bandages.
Never be concerned that you are providing your attorney with too much information. He or she has the experience to assess everything you bring and determine those items that provide the most value for your claim.
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If you or your loved ones suffered an injury, contact the Law Offices of Robert Olkowitz, P.C. to set up a free consultation. We only receive a fee if we obtain a recovery for you.