When a potential client calls or emails our firm, or walks into my office for the first time, the conversation usually leads to one question: should I sue for my injury?
As an experienced Brooklyn personal injury attorney, I have explained time and time again the necessary elements for bringing a successful lawsuit forth.
A legal claim can be made through a personal injury lawsuit or insurance action, allowing you to recover compensation for your damages. In order for the claim to be successful, someone else must be legally responsible for causing the accident or creating/ignoring unsafe circumstances that eventually led to the injury. The goal of the claim is allow you, the injured victim, to recover lost wages, medical expenses, and even compensation for emotional distress and pain and suffering.
AllLaw.com recently published a helpful article that discusses the evidence that may be necessary to prove your claim (assuming the kind of lawsuit you’re bringing requires you to establish that another party was negligent:
- A police report document the circumstances of the accident (mainly for car accident cases).
- For slip and fall injuries, an incident report prepared by a store, restaurant, or other business where accident occurred.
- Eyewitness statements attesting to the details of when, where, and how your injury occurred.
- Photographs from the scene of the accident and any evidence that might help document the cause and circumstances of the accident.
- Records of all medial treatment associated with your injury.
- Documentation of time missed at work, as will as records showing your typical income.
- Testimony from a doctor or medical expert regarding the cause of your injury.
You should never try to approach a personal injury claim alone. Determining if you have sufficient evidence to bring forth a lawsuit can be extremely tricky, especially if you are not familiar with the types of evidence you will need or how to obtain such evidence. Contact an experienced New York personal injury for guidance if you believe you deserve compensation for your injury.