Typically, in case of an injury caused by third-party negligence, it is imperative to obtain photos of the incident or location where the claimant was injured. Obtaining all evidence of third-party negligence, injuries, and causation is extremely important. This is essential to prove a claim for damages and assist in obtaining full and fair compensation.
It is also helpful for the attorney to have any photos of any property damage and injuries and a statement from the client describing how the incident causing injuries occurred and actions taken by third parties that may have contributed to or caused the injuries. Witness statements are also critical as part of the initial investigation.
The attorney also needs a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)-compliant authorization for the release of medical records and bills so that complete medical and billing records for treatment of the injuries related to third-party liability can be obtained.