What Kinds of Investigations Do Personal Injury Lawyers Do?

Accidental injuries occur for a variety of reasons. You may have been hurt as the result of a car or motorcycle accident, suffered slip and fall injuries, or been the victim of a medical mistake or error. Injuries related to these types of incidents can be serious, often having long term ramifications that can have a major impact on both your health as well as your financial future. Nearly all experienced personal injury lawyers understand how important it is for you to get the maximum amount of compensation you need to recover from your injuries. Part of the way lawyers assist clients in getting this compensation is by conducting thorough investigations to determine how and why your accident occurred.

Investigation by Personal Injury Firms

In the aftermath of an accident, conducting a thorough investigation is a key element in determining who is legally liable for the damages you have suffered. If there is an insurance company involved with your claim, they may conduct their own investigation prior to offering a settlement. Unfortunately, insurance claims representatives typically have heavy caseloads, so the amount of time and money spent investigating your claim is often sacrificed. The result may be a faster settlement offer, but for a much lower settlement amount that what your claim is actually worth.

A good personal injury attorneys will take the time to uncover all the facts and evidence that are pertinent to your case. Common ways in which a lawyer investigates their client's cases include the following:

  • Accident Reconstruction: According to the National Academy of Forensic Engineers (NAFE), police investigations into accidents often lack in providing detailed analysis of what happened. By simulating the conditions and variable factors at play immediately before, during, and after an accident, we can uncover the ultimate cause of your injuries as well as those who played a part in the accident occurring.

  • Reviewing Surveillance Footage: By obtaining and analyzing surveillance footage, we can uncover valuable evidence in support of your claim.

  • Interviewing Witnesses: Locating witnesses and using subpoenas to secure their testimony is a key element in uncovering the truth and substantiating your claim in court.

  • Monitoring Social Media: Social media can often uncover clues as to why an accident happened and who is to blame. According to a report on the impacts of social media on personal injury cases in the Insurance Claims Journal, exploring social media can help in obtaining photographs and statements, as well as indicating evidence that contradicts the opposing side's version of how your accident occurred.

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