How Important Are Witnesses And Evidence In A Personal Injury Claim?
Witnesses and evidence can, in many cases, be very important, indeed. When building a personal injury case, your personal injury attorney’s goal will often be to build a mountain of evidence that supports your claim, so much so that the at-fault party’s insurer will see no option but to settle, and settle handsomely.
Therefore, witness accounts and evidence are valuable elements and part of the ‘mountain’ of evidence. If there are multiple witnesses, then that’s even better. Multiple witnesses can create a sense that the claim is undeniable. However, even one compelling witness can help substantiate fault, so it is always a good idea to bring forth any and all witnesses who are credible and of sound mind. Witnesses are helpful for establishing your claim’s validity, but if you have to go to court they will be invaluable, as they give voice to your injuries in a way that will connect with the jurors who will decide upon your damages award.
Evidence is also important, and could prove to be critical. Beyond the photos that you personally take at the scene of your accident, which are extremely important by the way, your personal injury attorney may decide to bring in outside investigators to dig into your case. Oftentimes professional investigators can uncover valuable evidence that may force an insurance company to acknowledge their liability and settle, force them to settle at a much higher amount than they wanted to, or convince a jury of the at-fault party’s absolute liability and negligence, if your case goes to trial.
Evidence is extremely valuable and the more you can collect the better. Building a solid and irrefutable claim is a meticulous process and if you have a savvy personal injury attorney on your side they will turn over every stone to build your case. Of course all the evidence needs to be solid. Flimsy or circumstantial evidence may not always be useful or convincing, but you can never have too much ‘solid evidence’ in a claim or case.
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