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How To Gather Evidence To Prove Personal Injury Cases In Alabama

Car Accident and Fall Injuries 

Car or Trucking accidents coupled with premises liability cases are two of the most common reasons for injury in Alabama. In fact, after poisoning, car accidents and falls are listed as the number two and three causes of unintentional injury in our state according to data from AlabamaPublicHealth.Gov 

Gathering and presenting evidence in personal injury cases is often the linchpin in negotiating with insurance companies or convincing a jury to award you the compensation you’re entitled to under Alabama Law. At this firm, we make it a priority to thoroughly investigate any supporting evidence to your claim. We prepare every case as if it will go to trial, giving us the edge in dealing with insurance companies to negotiate on your behalf. Because insurance companies know we are always willing to go to court, we believe we can secure fair and just settlements with most insurance carriers. 

Different injuries call for various types of supporting evidence. The following guide will help you if you’re injured. When you schedule an appointment with us, the more evidence you have, the stronger your case will be. 

Automobile Accidents 

If you’re hurt in a car accident, do your best to gather the following information. Remember, even if your injuries seem minor, you should be evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible. In some cases, people who are injured in a car accident experience more symptoms several days or weeks later. It’s best to be evaluated immediately. 

  • Police Reports 
  • Eyewitness Statements and Contact Information 
  • Photos of the Scene 
  • Photos of Property Damage (Vehicles and Real Property) 
  • Police Reports 
  • Medical Records 

Premises Liability 

When someone is hurt because the owner of a business or home fails to take appropriate care to prevent an accident from happening, it is referred to as premises liability under Alabama Law. Examples of premises liability include: 

  • Dog Bites 
  • Slip and Fall Accidents 
  • Burn Accidents 
  • Drowning Accidents 
  • Bicycle Accidents 

To prove a premises liability claim, you need to prove the following: 

  • The property owner had a duty to protect the public from being harmed. 
  • The property owner failed to protect the public from harm (breach of duty). 
  • The injury would not have occurred without the breach of duty. 

Recently, we were successful in proving two premises liability cases. Both cases involved commercial businesses. If you’re hurt on someone’s property and you believe they failed to properly protect you from injury, we offer a free consultation. To prove this type of case, you’ll want the following evidence: 

  • Take photos from various angles. If you can show the reason for your injury, photographs are great evidence. For instance, if you turn the corner in a retail store and suddenly fall because something has spilled in the aisle, take a picture, or ask a bystander to take pictures for you. 
  • If anyone saw the accident occur, ask for their contact information to obtain a statement. 
  • Surveillance Footage 
  • Maintenance Records 

Some of the above-mentioned evidence can be obtained by the injured party. In many cases, our firm will need to subpoena surveillance or internal maintenance records on our behalf. 

At Hornsby, Watson, Hornsby & Heyward, we will leave no stone unturned when investigating your claim. We welcome you to come in and meet with one of our attorneys for a full consultation at no charge. In fact, you won’t pay any fees unless we win your case. To view our track record, click the link below. To contact us, call 256-650-5500. 

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Our personal injury attorneys in Huntsville, AL are proud of the accomplishments and results we have obtained over more than a century of combined experience. We remain committed to our roots as a client-focused personal injury law firm, however, and every client — beginning when they meet with us for the first time in a private, no-cost and no-obligation consultation.

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