You may have incurred serious injuries and damages that you are seeking to recover in a personal injury claim. But in order to recuperate these damages, you must provide proof of their existence. Read on to discover what proof is helpful to collect for your claim and how a seasoned Howard County personal injury attorney at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can assist you in gathering this documentation.
What is the burden of proof?
Notably, you carry a burden of proof as the plaintiff of a personal injury claim. This essentially means that you are responsible for gathering and providing a significant amount of evidence to the Maryland court. More specifically, this evidence is supposed to prove the following circumstances as true:
- You were involved in an accident with the defendant.
- The defendant acted negligently at the time of your accident.
- You are suffering from serious injuries and damages due to the defendant’s negligence at the time of your accident.
What proof is helpful to collect for my personal injury claim?
You may assume that taking photos and videos on your phone of your injuries, damages, and the overall scene of the accident is enough proof to provide to the Maryland court. Though, this assumption may leave you sadly mistaken. There are many other opportunities for proof that you should take advantage of for your personal injury claim. They are as follows:
- A copy of the official accident report (which should have been conducted by a law enforcement officer at the scene of your accident).
- The contact information of present witnesses (so that they can offer testimonies later on).
- Your medical records (to show the date and time of your accident and the extent of injuries you incurred).
- Your medical bills (to show the cost of the treatments you needed to remedy your injuries).
- Your past pay stubs (to show the cost of your current and future lost wages).
- Quotes to repair your damaged property (if your car was involved, if the accident occurred on your property, etc).
How long do I have to collect this proof?
Understandably so, it may be difficult to keep track of all the moving parts involved in filing a personal injury claim. Though it may take some time to collect proof, you must remember that you are working under a time constraint. That is, there is a statute of limitations in the state of Maryland for personal injury claims like yours. This deadline is usually three years from the date on which your accident occurred.
So, if you are ready and willing to kickstart your claim, then you must employ a competent Howard County personal injury attorney today. We look forward to working alongside you.