When you file a personal injury case, the investigation process is crucial in determining the strength of your claims and gathering evidence to support your case. No matter what type of accident led to your injury—a car wreck, motorcycle accident, slip and fall—you’re going to need solid proof to have the best chance of obtaining the money you deserve.
An investigation will be your best chance of getting that proof.
The following is a breakdown of how your lawyer will investigate your personal injury case. At Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh, our attorneys have years of experience conducting investigations. When you choose our law firm, we guarantee we will take an exhaustive, detailed look at the accident that resulted in your injury.
We’ll Investigate Your Claims
To begin the investigation, your personal injury attorney or their team will thoroughly review the details of your case. They will listen to your account of the incident, assess the injuries you sustained, and evaluate the potential liability of the other party involved.
This investigation will not only establish how the accident occurred, it will also show all the parties responsible. Once we determine the liable parties, your attorney will pursue them for compensation.
But the investigation must begin as soon as possible. If you delay hiring an attorney, critical evidence could disappear.
We’ll Gather Any Evidence
Your attorney will gather various types of evidence to build a solid case and recover your damages. This evidence can include the following:
Police records are official documents law enforcement officers create at the scene of an accident resulting in severe injuries or fatalities. These records can provide crucial information about the accident, including the following:
- The date, time, and location of the incident.
- The names and contact information of the parties involved.
- Witness statements.
- Any citations or charges filed.
The officer conducting the investigation must submit their report within 10 days after their investigation ends. Your attorney will obtain a copy of the police report and analyze its contents to gather valuable details about the accident.
Medical records are essential pieces of evidence in a personal injury case. Your attorney will request copies of your medical records from healthcare providers who treated your injuries.
These records may include diagnostic test results, treatment plans, surgical notes, medication records, and other documentation related to your injuries and medical treatment. Medical records help establish the link between the accident and your injuries and the severity and impact of those injuries on your life.
Security Camera Footage
In cases where the incident occurred in a public place or an area with surveillance cameras, your attorney will try to obtain security camera footage. This footage can include footage from businesses, residences, or public spaces near the accident scene.
Security camera footage can provide visual evidence of how the accident unfolded and the actions of those who caused it. Footage can also establish fault or refute any conflicting claims. Your attorney will work to secure this footage promptly before it’s lost.
We’ll Interview Witnesses
There’s an excellent chance that someone saw the accident that led to your injury. Not only will a skilled attorney speak with those witnesses, but they can also bring in experts to testify regarding the details of your case. Here’s a brief look at each.
Eyewitnesses are individuals who witnessed the accident or events leading up to it. They can provide valuable firsthand accounts of what occurred, corroborating your version of events. Your attorney will locate and interview these witnesses to gather their statements, record their contact information, and assess their credibility. Eyewitness testimony can strengthen your case by providing unbiased accounts of the accident.
Expert witnesses are professionals with specialized knowledge in relevant fields who can provide expert opinions or testimony to support your case. Depending on the nature of your personal injury case, your attorney may consult with various types of expert witnesses. For example:
- Medical expert witnesses can explain complex medical conditions, assess the long-term impact of your injuries, and testify about the necessity and cost of your medical treatments.
- Accident reconstruction experts can analyze the accident scene, review the available evidence, and provide expert opinions on how the accident occurred, including factors such as speed, collision dynamics, and contributing factors.
- Forensic experts can examine evidence such as damaged vehicles, defective products, or faulty equipment and offer insights into causation and liability.
Expert witnesses bring credibility and expertise to your case, helping to explain complex concepts and providing professional opinions that can strengthen your argument.
We’ll Negotiate with Insurance Companies…
Once the investigation is complete, your attorney will negotiate with the insurance companies involved. They’ll present the evidence gathered, including medical records, witness statements, and expert opinions. The goal is to reach a fair settlement that compensates you for all your damages or financial losses resulting from the accident that led to your injury.
The vast majority of personal injury cases settle. There’s a very high probability that you’ll never have to enter a courtroom.
…Or Take Your Case to Trial if Needed
If the insurance companies refuse to make a fair settlement offer, your attorney may recommend taking your case to trial. This means presenting your case before a judge and jury. Your lawyer will present the evidence and arguments, and then the jury will reach a decision. Your attorney will also guide you through the trial process, answering all of your questions and keeping you up to date at all times. They’ll passionately advocate for your rights and interests for as long as the case lasts.
Contact Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation
If you need assistance with your personal injury case, please don’t hesitate to contact an experienced Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh personal injury attorney. One of our legal experts can evaluate the specifics of your situation and guide you through the investigation process. We’ll also help you pursue the compensation you have coming.
Please get in touch with Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation. We’ll assess your case and guide you on the best course of action. Call us at (561) 295-5825 or use our online contact form.