The Evidence You Need to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit Claim in Arkansas
Personal injury is when you’ve been injured by the negligence of someone else. Injuries can be emotional, bodily or damage caused to your property. Unlike criminal cases, which are initiated by the government, personal injury cases are initiated by a private individual, which is why they’re also commonly referred to as civil complaints.
If you’re planning on filing a personal injury lawsuit, you should be prepared to collect documentation about the incident and the expenses and damage that resulted. Be prepared with the following evidence.
- Physical evidence: If your vehicle, bike, clothing or other belonging was damaged, this actual object is considered evidence and is a key piece of your lawsuit.
- Police report or other written reports: A police report from the scene of the incident, for example, a car accident, is another very important piece of evidence.
- Photographs of the scene: Take photographs of the scene where you were injured. If you were injured in the workplace, take photos of the area where you were injured. If you didn’t have an opportunity to take photos immediately following the incident, return to the scene as soon as possible.
- Evidence of injuries: You can show evidence of your injuries with medical records, photos and any other healthcare documentation.
- Documentation from witnesses: If there were witnesses at the scene, have them write a description of what they witnessed as soon as possible following the incident.
- Diary of events: Keep a diary of how you felt during and after the incident. This can be used as evidence to show how the accident is affecting you.
- Out of pocket expenses for injury: Keep track of any expenses you’ve had to pay to cover your injury.
How Does a Personal Injury Case Work?
No two personal injury lawsuits are the same, but the typical series of events is as follows:
- Injury Occurs: The defendant does something to injure the plaintiff.
- Plaintiff Suspects Negligence: The plaintiff believes that the defendant acted negligently, causing the injury to occur unnecessarily.
- Plaintiff Contacts Personal Injury Lawyer: The plaintiff will likely contact a personal injury lawyer to begin the process of proving the defendant’s negligence.
- Settlement Talks or Court Proceedings: The plaintiff’s attorney and the plaintiff will either reach a settlement agreement with the defendant and/or his insurance company. If no settlement is agreed, the plaintiff may choose to take the claim to court.
If you’ve been unnecessarily injured due to the negligence of someone else, contact an Arkansas personal injury lawyer to start the process of collecting evidence and preparing a strong case for you to be awarded compensation for your injuries.