Can I Provide Evidence that May Help My PI Case?
For personal injury victims in Florida, pursuing compensation means filing an injury claim with the liable party’s insurance provider. A successful personal injury claim will require strong evidence of the injury’s severity and proof of the liable party’s negligence as well as liability for the victim’s damages. Solid evidence is key to making sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for all your losses.
The Importance of Strong Evidence in Personal Injury Cases
In personal injury cases, the claimants or injured victims will need to prove their claims with what’s called a “preponderance of the evidence.” This means that they must have sufficient proof to convince the insurance adjuster, or a jury if the case goes to trial, that there’s more than a 50% chance that their claims are valid. In this light, for your personal injury case to succeed, you will need to have and present different kinds of evidence to substantiate your claim. Without proper evidence, it would be extremely difficult for you to prove your injuries and that the liable party caused your injuries.
Understanding Physical Evidence in PI Cases
Broadly speaking, physical evidence is any evidence that can be touched and seen. Physical evidence can come in the form of photographic proof and tangible proof. Claims representatives may be more amenable to a high settlement amount if claimants have solid evidence to back up their claims. This is because the representative won’t probably risk having your evidence used against the liable party if your case goes to trial.
Let’s say, for example, that your PI claim goes to trial. The physical evidence will enable the jury to actually observe and see how the accident happened and the seriousness of your injuries. The jurors can see, touch, and interact with tangible evidence, which can include your bloody and torn clothes, your scars from the injuries, or a slipping hazard, etc. Photographic evidence is any proof that you can’t otherwise preserve or keep, such as photos and videos of the accident scene and your injuries.
Documentary Evidence is also Very Important
Documentary evidence helps support your claim via facts found through official documentation. Certain evidence can also be both documentary and physical. For example, a surveillance video that shows how an injured victim slipped and fell on a sidewalk is considered to be both photographic, physical, and documentary evidence. Other documentary evidence also includes the following:
- Police report of the accident
- Medical records and bills
- Proof of lost income
- An injury journal that has detailed information on the injuries and how they affect the victim’s life
- Invoices for repairing damaged property
- Any other documents to provide proof of the damages the victim suffered
Talk to Reputed Florida Personal Injury Lawyer Now
Injured accident victims with no or weak evidence will have a challenging time pursuing compensation for their losses. An experienced Florida personal injury lawyer can help you figure out and gather the necessary evidence to ensure that you have a strong PI case. Get in touch with Demand The Limits by filling out our online form or calling us at 561-600-3555 to schedule your free claim evaluation with one of our Florida personal injury attorneys.