Any good personal injury attorney will tell you this: it’s never safe to assume your case won’t go to trial. Always proceed with an eye toward the possibility a settlement won’t be reached and you’ll wind up in court. If that’s the case, it’s best to cover all bases, even the ones that (at the time) don’t seem important.
If push comes to full-court shove, here are a few things you’ll be grateful to have in your back pocket.
Your Own Written Record or Diary
As soon as you can after your injury, start writing down everything you remember and everything you’re experiencing in regard to your injury every day. For example:
- Photographs of wounds.
- Pain level from 1-10
- Treatments and therapies performed.
- How the injuries are affecting your job and personal relationships.
Police Reports and Photographs
Request copies of all documents generated by law enforcement and other first responders, including photographs. If no pictures exist, go back to the scene of the accident (if you can safely do so) and take your own, to keep your memory of the accident intact.
Obtain copies of all your medical records related to the injury. If you can cross-reference those documents with your personal diary, all the better.
List Your Witnesses
If there were witnesses to the event that caused your injury and they’re willing to testify, that’s great. However, if your San Antonio personal injury attorney seems reluctant to use some of them, there’s a good reason: witnesses who’ve had past run-ins with the law are not as credible and could damage your case.
Income and Expenses
Of course, your San Antonio personal injury attorney will advise you to keep records of all your injury-related and medical expenses since the accident. But what could tip the balance in your favor is hard evidence that the injury has negatively impacted your income. That includes producing documents that prove what you were earning both before and after the incident. In other words, don’t just haphazardly stuff pay stubs into drawers. File them in order of date or electronically store them in an easily accessible computer folder (preferably offline).
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