Proving your right to injury compensation in a personal injury case requires certain evidence. This includes pictures of the accident scene, your injuries and damage to property, your medical records and any police and/or accident report filed. Having witnesses who may have seen the accident and the events leading up to you being injured could also play an important role in these cases.
Our Maryland personal injury lawyers further discuss how having the right witness and making sure he or she is credible could impact your chances at pursuing fair compensation. If you were injured in an accident caused by another’s negligence, get the legal help you need during a free legal consultation.
In a personal injury case, an insurance adjuster or jury member will likely think that any party involved in an accident would be a biased witness. This is because the injured party has an invested interest in seeking maximum compensation for his or her damages, and the at-fault party does not want to have to pay compensation for these damages. Either party may also often have a different version of events.
Neutral third-party witnesses, on the other hand, have no stake in the outcome. These are individuals who happened to be nearby the scene of the accident. They do not stand to gain anything by lying about what transpired in the moments leading up to the accident. Insurance companies and juries often trust the testimony of witnesses who seem to be neutral and unbiased.
Having witnesses does not necessarily strengthen a case unless they are credible. Credibility is how believable or trustworthy a witness is. While a witness may be providing an honest account of what occurred, he or she may dismissed if he or she does not appear credible.
Having a witness who is not credible could hurt your potential case by causing a jury member or insurance adjuster to doubt other witnesses (i.e. medical experts), your testimony and statements presented. You do not want to be linked with a witness who appears to be dishonest or unreliable.
There are many different factors that could impact the credibility of a witness in a personal injury case:
Other important factors that could affect an individual’s credibility as a witness include:
If you have been involved in an accident due to negligence, we recommend speaking with one of our licensed lawyers at Peter T. Nicholl Law Offices. We are ready to determine whether anyone who may have witnessed what happened is credible in order to build a strong case for compensation.
Learn more about your possible legal options by scheduling a free initial consultation. We charge nothing up front if we represent you and no fees unless we help you recover compensation.
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