Every successful tort claim comes down to two essential elements: liability and damages. In order to recover compensation for any losses, injured parties must be able to prove that the defendant was liable for the incident and they incurred damages as a result.
The best way to prove either will depend on the circumstances of the particular case. Regardless of what happened, though, the claimant should play an active role in helping his or her attorney gather evidence of liability and damages. If you were hurt in a motor vehicle collision and you want to find out how to give your claim the best chance of success, contact Coxwell & Associates.
Read on to learn about the types of evidence that can help you prove damages after a motor vehicle collision:
1. Photographs of Visible Wounds
Car accidents often cause bruising, swelling, and lacerations. If you sustained any visible wounds, photograph their progression from day one. Detailed pictures of injuries will contribute to the strength of your claim and may garner a jury’s sympathy if your case goes to trial.
2. Medical Bills
It is essential to save hospital bills, pharmacy receipts, ambulance invoices, and other documents detailing the extent of your treatment. Medical records will also help prove damages, but you need to retain the actual receipts to quantify the cost of care.
3. Income Statements
If your injury forces you to miss work for just a few weeks—let alone several months—the resulting lost income can lead to financial turmoil. Although you can include lost wages in your claim, you will need strong evidence to avoid a dispute. Past income statements and paystubs will help your attorney prove lost wages and reduced earning capacity.
4. Home and Vehicle Modification Quotes
If the injuries limit your mobility, you may need to modify your home and/or vehicle. Quotes for either project—or for a new car entirely—should be part of the settlement negotiations.
5. Journal Entries
You may not be able to capture internal injuries on camera, but you can still track the ways in which they are affecting your everyday life by keeping a journal. If your injuries are placing considerable strain on loved ones, ask them to write in a daily journal, as well. These entries will provide insight into the psychological and emotional impacts that the accident has had on your life and the lives of family members.
Call to Discuss Your Case with a Jackson Car Accident Lawyer
If you need a personal injury attorney in Mississippi, turn to Coxwell & Associates. Unlike general practice firms, we focus on only a few practice areas to ensure our clients receive the best representation possible. Call (601) 265-7766 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with one of our Jackson car accident lawyers.
Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.