On Solid Ground: The Results of Your Injury Claim Depend on Solid Evidence

If you’re hurt in a personal injury accident, it may be obvious that the other side is to blame. Even if it’s clear that you deserve a fair recovery under North Carolina law, it’s not enough to walk into court with the facts on your side. Instead, you have to carefully and completely present the evidence to prove each part of your case. Here’s why the results of your injury claim depend on solid evidence:

The jury decides the case based on the evidence

When the jury hears your case, they decide the case based on the evidence presented at trial. The jury wasn’t there to witness the accident. They only have what they hear in court to reach a verdict.

At your trial, you must present evidence. It’s not enough just to say what you know to be true. There are rules about how to put evidence to the jury, and it’s important to know these rules in order to make sure that the jury sees what you want them to see. The jury can’t base their decision based on a guess. Instead, they need you to show them what happened.

You must prove each part of the case to recover anything

A personal injury trial is made of four parts: duty, breach, causation and damages. You must show that the other party had a duty to act reasonably in the situation. You must also show that they breached that duty and that their actions caused your injury.

If you fail to enter evidence of even one of these elements, the court may dismiss your entire case. No matter how strong your case may be in one area, you must present evidence of every element in order for your case to succeed. You or your personal injury attorney can question witnesses and admit documents into evidence during your trial.

You must also prove the amount of your losses

The goal of a personal injury case is to try to put you in a similar position to where you would have been if you hadn’t gotten hurt. Money alone can’t make things completely as they were before. However, money is what the justice system can give you, and money can go a long ways to help when you have medical bills, rent, utilities, transportation costs and expenses for the loved ones that depend on you.

The court doesn’t know what it’s going to take to make you whole until you tell the court what your losses are. The court doesn’t simply get to determine a number for your damages. Instead, the court is waiting for you to tell them what you’ve lost financially and how they should value your pain and suffering losses. The court uses the evidence that you provide in order to determine a fair recovery amount.

Evidence is critical in your case

If you’re hurt in a personal injury accident, the results in your claim depend on presenting solid evidence at trial. You must carefully look at what you need to prove in a personal injury case. Then, you must make sure that you have admissible evidence. The court decides your case based only on the evidence that you present, so it’s crucial to present strong, admissible evidence.

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