Filing a personal injury lawsuit in Washington can be a complicated legal matter. With each filing, details can make a major difference in the total amount of financial damages due to the plaintiff. Evidence is vital to be properly compensated regardless of the extent of injury or gross negligence of the respondent party.
Documentation is the first form of evidence used in a personal injury lawsuit. This consists of documents such as medical bills associated with any treatment regimen and statements from employers with respect to lost wages when the plaintiff is unable to earn a living.
Many times, it is necessary to call on medical professionals to provide expert testimony regarding the extent of injuries and long-term prognosis. This can also be provided in a written response, but experts can be cross-examined in a hearing under certain circumstances. Testimonial evidence from medical professionals is especially important when non-economic general damages for ongoing impact are being demanded for pain and suffering.
Depending on the type of personal injury case, forensic evidence can also be used to establish identity or injury in a civil tort claim. Forensic evidence is not necessarily as exact as courts like to accept, but it can be effective.
These are just a few of the different types of evidence that can be used in a personal injury claim. Practically any information that has material applied to the claim can be used as evidence.