After suffering injuries in an accident on someone else’s property, the list of evidence you need to file a premises liability claim will be lengthy. The more evidence you and your attorney can collect on your behalf, the greater chance you will have of winning the settlement you deserve.
The Kinds of Proof Your Lawyer Will Look for
Some of the key types of evidence you may need to give you a better chance of winning the case include:
- Medical records that show your specific injuries related to the case
- Photographs of the scene
- Video of the scene
- Interviews and statements of witnesses to the accident
- Interviews and statements from doctors who treated you
- Reports from law enforcement
- Proof that you were on the property legally
- Proof regarding the party that owns the property
- Proof regarding the party that occupies or leases the property
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How to Gather Evidence in a Premises Liability Case
Because of the complexity often present in a case involving an injury on someone else’s property, having an attorney on your side could make you feel at peace.
A victim trying to represent himself or herself in negotiations with the insurance company may struggle to collect the required evidence.
Working With Law Enforcement
If police reported to the accident scene to investigate, the information officers gathered would be important to our case. Police will be able to collect information far sooner after the accident than our legal team can. After all, it probably will take a few days or longer after the accident before you choose to hire us to represent you.
Through the police report, we can learn about witnesses. Police also may have photographs or video that shows the condition of the scene immediately after the accident. The property owner may fix the condition by the time we can start our investigation, which can complicate our work to prove what happened.
Relying on Witnesses
Some premises liability cases do not have a police report available. The property owner may choose not to call the police which can complicate the process of finding evidence in your premises liability case.
To strengthen your case and to push our investigation forward, we will rely on witnesses to the accident to prove what happened. Some of the information witnesses can help provide include:
- A description of the condition of the property prior to the accident
- Photographs or video the witness may have recorded on a smartphone
- A description of how the accident occurred
- Their opinion regarding whether the property owner kept the area in a safe condition
- Their testimony about why you were on the property
Relying on Your Testimony
We also will collect testimony from you, the victim in the case. You will need to describe what happened to you. You will need to provide testimony that you were on the property legally, as OCGA §51-3-1 states that this is the only class of individuals that could be entitled to compensation in a premises liability case.
You also can describe any emotional trauma you are experiencing related to the accident and your injuries.
Finding Important Documentation
Finally, we will collect the key documents we need to show the facts in the case. Your medical reports and documents showing the wages you were unable to earn while recovering from your injuries will be key pieces of evidence in determining the fairest possible settlement.
We also need documents that show who owns the property or which party was renting or leasing the property.
Let Us Help You Prove What Happened in Your Case
If you are wondering what kind of evidence you need to file a premises liability claim, understand that the more evidence you have that proves your side of the story, the stronger your case will be.
One of the key services a premises liability injury lawyer on our team provides for you is investigating the case and collecting the facts that you need to win a settlement or judgment. Police officers might not have received a call after your accident, meaning no police report exists. This shows the importance of having an attorney who can perform the required investigation after the fact.
We Will Start Our Investigation as Soon as You Hire us
Victims in personal injury cases like this have up to two years to begin the process of filing a case under OCGA §9-3-33. Rather than waiting until the deadline approaches, we recommend that victims contact us as soon as possible after the accident. Once you choose to hire us, we will begin working on your behalf.
The sooner we can begin our investigation, the better chance we will have to find the evidence we need and interview witnesses while they still clearly remember what happened.
Learn More Today With Bader Scott Injury Lawyers
For a free consultation, call Bader Scott Injury Lawyers as soon as possible at
(404) 888-8888. We can let you know your legal options with no obligations. We also offer our clients contingency fees. You pay nothing upfront. We only collect when you recover compensation.