Good evidence should show that the defendant was negligent. The lawyer has to have evidence to prove negligence.
Sources of official evidence
• Police report or incident report
• Proof that there has been the issuance of a traffic ticket.
Other kinds of evidence
Witness statement: Some witness statements could come from the police report. Sometimes an accident victim has the opportunity to obtain such a statement from a witness, someone that has seen or heard the collision.
Smart victims get the contact number from as many witnesses as possible. This ensures that
Photographs: A victim’s possession of a phone with a camera should aid the capture of useful picture. That would include photographs of the accident site, the vehicle damage and the nature of any injuries. Most adjusters also take pictures when assessing a damaged vehicle.
The stated terms of the insurance policy, the one that the responsible driver was carrying at the time of the collision. A personal injury lawyer in Cambridge for the victim could study those terms, in order to determine whether or not the studied policy did indeed cover the ancient-linked damages.
The victim’s medical records: Those should support any reports about a sustained injury. Sometimes too, the medical record could contain a significant notation from a physician. It could be that the doctor has noted the potential need for further treatment, as the result of complications or the evidence of harmful side effects produced by prescribed medications.
Bills for doctors’ appointments and bills for medication: Save the bills for both prescribed drugs and also those purchased over-the-counter. In addition, save any stubs that came from the attendant at a parking lot, if that same lot provided relevant parking spaces. The phrase relevant parking spaces would apply to any of those that had had been set aside for anyone visiting a building with doctors’ offices, to those visiting a laboratory or to those planning to use the available imaging or x-ray services.
Proof of lost wages
Tips for creating a journal or diary, one that could serve as a pain record, and become part of the evidentiary material
Rate each painful sensation by using a score that falls between 1 and 10; that is the system used in hospitals.
Describe the pain: Could it be called a burning sensation, a tingling feeling, a series of pulsating pains or a painful throbbing?
Indicate the date and time for each painful sensation; also record how long it persisted; when pains recur, then note that recurrence in the journal. Note what action the victim had taken prior to the start of each recorded pain. Ideally, the treating physician should be aware of any plans for attempting any new or specific motion, in order to note how the victim’s body might respond to that same motion.