In a typical personal injury case, as strange as it sounds, reality is
of limited use as compared to proof. In other words, if a plaintiff can't
prove her injuries were related to her accident, it does not matter what
the reality is. It is all about proof. The following is a list of tips
for the wise person who unfortunately has just been involved in a motor
vehicle collision in Virginia.
- Watch what you say. Speak at the scene of the collision as if everything
you say will be repeated in open court in front of a judge and a jury.
- Take pictures of your vehicle. Visual evidence of a crash and property
damage can be powerful to support claims of personal injury. Take pictures
of all vehicles involved and do it at the scene, if at all possible.
- Take pictures of visible physical injuries. Bruising, cuts, swelling and
the like should be photographed at the various stages of their worsening/healing.
This type of visual evidence too can often be powerful evidence to show
a jury to prove the injuries are as severe as claimed.
- Tell health care providers the truth--every visit--that you were in a motor
vehicle collision and that the injuries/pain began as a result of the
- Follow doctors' orders. Don't miss appointments. Obtain imaging
(MRIs, CT Scans, X-Rays, etc) they prescribe. Follow the treatment plan.
This is important not just to your case, but it is important for your recovery.
The foregoing are ideas to help in the proof of personal injuries and their
severity. It creates a record--real time evidence. A personal injury plaintiff
can be legitimately hurt and have suffered through a lot of pain and inconvenience,
but if she can't prove it, she is going to have a hard time making
a full and fair recovery. An experienced personal injury lawyer can help
an injured person with much more thorough thoughts on proof, and solid
representation is critical to achieving a maximized result.