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Today I am thinking about the problems our clients have with the failure to gather evidence early in the case.  You can't imagine the number of times a person who did absolutely nothing wrong in the accident says "no, I didn't take pictures or get the names of the witnesses who stopped to help me.  Don't the police do that?"    The answer is no.   If you don't help yourself nobody else will.Collecting and preserving evidence is critical to an injured person's ability to receive justice through our tort system.  We live in a time when injured victims must prove all aspects of their case, even the obvious aspects.  If you delay gathering evidence and simply depends upon the insurance company, or law enforcement, to gather evidence serious harm can be done to your case.  Whether you have a personal injury, or work comp situation important items of evidence would include:1.         Taking photographs of the accident scene.2.         Taking photographs of both vehicles.3.         Photographing your injuries, if visible.4.         Taking statements from the other party.5.         Taking statements from witnesses.6.         Larning about the law that will control your case.7.         Documenting  your wage loss.8.         Starting the process of collecting your medical bills.9.         Getting reasonable and necessary medical care for your injuries.Although this list looks simple, in practice, it is hard to do a complete job when gathering evidence.  Taking statements and photographing vehicles require that you know what you are doing.  So give us a call if you have questions about what you should be doing.  The call is free.

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