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Six pieces of evidence you need to build your legal case

Authored by Sarah Parker
Posted: Friday, August 23, 2019 - 04:22

Expert Court Reports provides expert witnesses and medicolegal court reports for solicitors, barristers and other agencies including the police, probation services, prisons and third-sector organisations as well as private clients.

For most, lawyers are people who are hired only during the most difficult of circumstances. After a death or an accident, or a crime, for example. Very few people have the funds to keep a lawyer on hand to advise them on their every move. That is why it is important for everyone to have know-how on a few key prerequisites. If you know when you have a case that warrants legal representation, then you can better your chances of winning your case fast and cost-effectively.

Evidence You Can Collect on Your Own

You will need to have some evidence before you hire a lawyer. Lawyers that you pay for out of pocket, of course, will be much happier to take on your case at any stage and work from there, but those who work on a no-win, no-fee basis will want to be certain that your case is open-shut. That is why collecting these four pieces of evidence beforehand can improve your chances of finding the right lawyer for your case.

1. Medical Bills

Keep proof of the medical costs and rehabilitation costs. Anything you were billed for will go towards your compensation claim.

2. Bills Supporting Extent of Damage

Bills charged to you to repair or replace your damaged property will also work towards your case.

3. Police or Official Reports

The official reports will be one of your key pieces of evidence that will first hint towards negligence. If you were in a car accident, for example, the police report will outline what happened and who was at fault.

4. Evidence of an Official Complaint

In some systems, like the NHS, there is an official complaint service. Use this so that your complaint is filed within their system.

Evidence Your Lawyer Will Collect on Your Behalf

What you have personally collected so far will be useful with finding a lawyer to take on your case. To really build up a strong legal case that will help you win against the negligent party or criminal, your lawyer will then follow up and collect:

1. Expert Testimonies

Expert testimonies can be hard to get and expensive to pay for by yourself. That is why your lawyer will typically handle this task. An example of how an expert testimony could help is in a medical negligence case. You need to prove that your doctor or medical staff took steps that no other doctor or staff member would do. The proof will be compiled in medico-legal reports by a solicitor which will work towards proving negligence on the behalf of the medical staff.

2. Eye Witness Testimonies

Eye witness testimonies can come from a variety of sources. Disgruntled employees, bystanders, other customers. They are key for giving a greater overview of the events that transpired.

Evidence is one of the most important parts when it comes to winning a case. With strong enough evidence, your lawyer will be able to settle your case out of court, and, if court is necessary, has more chances at persuading a jury or a judge to your favour.