When it comes to a personal injury claim, the court will typically request a lot of documentation regarding the accident and its aftermath. But the question lies with what type of documentation may be requested. Follow along to find out how you can best document your injuries and expenses and how a proficient Ontario personal injury lawyer at Merricks Law Group, P.A. can help you in achieving this.
What is the burden of proof?
First of all, as a plaintiff of a personal injury claim, you carry a great responsibility commonly known as the burden of proof. Meaning, you are responsible for providing a sufficient amount of evidence that ties your injuries and damages directly to the defendant’s negligent behavior in your accident. It is only when you satisfy your burden of proof that you will have a legitimate chance at obtaining the monetary compensation that you are seeking.
How do I document my injuries and expenses after my personal injury accident?
It is without a doubt that your injuries will cost you, whether it be through physical burdens, emotional burdens, and arguably the most critical, financial burdens. Understandably so, you may require aid with covering these financial burdens.
This is why there are steps that you should take almost immediately after your personal injury accident occurs. By following these steps, you will have a greater chance of retrieving the documentation that is necessary for your claim. In turn, you will have a greater chance of covering these expenses. Without further ado, these steps read as follows:
- Call for a law enforcement officer to come to the scene of your accident.
- Documentation: a copy of the official accident report that was conducted by the officer.
- Speak with the other parties involved in your accident (but only if it is safe to do so).
- Documentation: a recording of their admittance of fault in your accident.
- Speak with individuals who witnessed your accident (if applicable).
- Documentation: a recording of their perspective of how your accident played out.
- Speak with the owner of the property in which your accident took place (if applicable).
- Documentation: a copy of the security camera footage that shows your accident playing out.
- Seek out the EMTs and paramedics that come to the scene of your accident.
- Documentation: photos of your injuries and medical documents that state the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries.
- Allow the ambulance to take you to the emergency room, along with attending follow-up appointments with your physician.
- Documentation: medical bills that state the cost of your injuries.
If you are ready and willing to kickstart your claim, you must employ a talented Ontario personal injury lawyer. We look forward to working alongside you.