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Personal Injury Investigations

Personal injury investigations are necessary in order to file claims for personal injury damages. Investigations into personal injury can take many forms depending upon the type of injury, location, how it occurred, etc. so we are attempting to present a broad overview here of what you need to know about most personal injury investigations, how to do your own footwork, when to hire someone else, and how soon to start after an accident.

 

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How Soon?

Right away. When an accident happens to you or a loved one, start your own investigation right away by gathering as much information about what happened as quickly as you can. This may seem counterintuitive to those in crisis because of an accident and if it is too overwhelming then assigning a task to someone you trust may be in order.

There are action steps, however, that you can take right away, such as talking to the responsible party for the accident and witnesses if any, getting names, addresses, phone numbers. Write down what people say and put a date on what you've written. This may become a document useful for a later claim. If you have a camera, take photographs. If a witness has a camera request that they take photos and share double prints with you later.

Your Own Footwork

Personal injury investigations can be conducted in part by your own footwork. For instance, after a car accident, you can talk with witnesses, write down your version of what happened, call the police so that they can write an accident report, take photographs, call a friend or loved one to come to the scene and help you document what had happened. For someone who is too injured, however, and is taken from the scene, delegating the fact-finding tasks as soon as practicable is advised.

Some personal injury investigations are not conducive to getting photographs and immediate witness statements such as injuries associated with birth injuries. Grieving parents seldom start down the road to a personal injury investigation after such an injury occurs. In this case, it is wise to seek a lawyer immediately so that he or she can start the investigation for you.

Hire Someone Else

There are times in any personal injury investigation where it is wise simply to hire someone else to do the footwork from the get-go. Medical claims and product liability claims are two examples where much technical expertise is needed, which is beyond the scope of most ordinary people. Those who do have a background in such fields can do some of the field work, but don't let your ego or need to control get in the way of hiring a professional lawyer who is well-versed in one of these areas. Those who have 'just enough knowledge to be dangerous' would do well to seek the advice of someone who has years of experience in dealing with such cases.

Personal injury investigations are necessary to 'get the facts' on any personal injury case, so make sure you do due diligence on your investigation by hiring out if needed.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


 

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