Evidence is the cornerstone of any legal case whether it is civil or criminal in nature. To support a plaintiff’s personal injury claim, a Pierce County personal injury attorney may ask for or collect the following kinds of evidence.
A Pierce County personal injury attorney will need to establish the monetary value of the case. To do this, a Pierce County personal injury lawyer may do the following things:
- Subpoena any witnesses for the trial;
- Decide what documents will be needed to prove damages at the trial and then collect those documents;
- Send the defendant’s counsel a request for admissions of the plaintiff’s damages;
- Figure out whether there are any liens pertinent to the case;
- If the plaintiff is self-employed or a business owner, the Pierce County personal injury attorney will collect profit and loss documentation;
- If the plaintiff is employed by a company or individual, the Pierce County personal injury lawyer will collect documents regarding loss of income;
- Collect relevant tax returns for the plaintiff;
- Obtain documentation regarding any property damage that occurred;
- Document any special damages;
- Collect all bills relevant to the case;
- Create a list of all of the plaintiff’s medical expenses; and
- Collect all of the plaintiff’s medical and hospital records.
A Pierce County personal injury attorney will also need to collect physical evidence in the form of physical exhibits, documents and photographs. Following are some examples of the kinds of physical evidence a Pierce County personal injury lawyer will collect:
- Photographic evidence, which might include pictures of the plaintiff’s injuries, products or vehicles involved, the accident scene;
- If the case involves a vehicle, the data from the vehicle’s “black box” or electronic data recorder if there is one;
- Any evidence that the plaintiff possesses, such as photos, computer data and documents;
- Information and evidence in the possession of the defendant’s attorney;
- A signed non-waiver of privilege agreement to cover unintentional production of privileged materials; and
- Evidence belonging to the plaintiff in the form of electronically stored evidence, also known as ESI.
In addition, a Pierce County personal injury attorney may:
- Prepare the plaintiff’s ESI for discovery and the trial;
- Provide the opposing counsel with requested ESI;
- Obtain, organize and review the ESI provided by the opposing counsel;
- Inform the plaintiff by phone and letter of any evidence that the opposing counsel has asked to be preserved;
- Follow up with the plaintiff to make sure that the evidence is being preserved as requested; and
- Send an evidence preservation letter to the opposing counsel.
A Pierce County personal injury attorney can help prepare all of a plaintiff’s documentation and evidence for a personal injury case. Call Pierce County personal injury attorney Greene & Lloyd, PLLC at (253) 770-0808 for a consultation.