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Importance of Preserving Evidence – Why You Need to Hire an Attorney Early in the Legal Process

When you’ve been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness, the first and most important thing to do is get the medical care you need. But the next thing you should consider is hiring an attorney to protect your interests. One of the principal reasons? A lawyer will be able to recognize any evidence critical to your case and can take steps to ensure that that evidence is preserved.

There are many good reasons why it’s important to take immediate action to preserve evidence:

  • People move, die or forget-If there were witnesses to your accident, you want to take action as promptly as possible to get a statement. There’s no guarantee that the witness will be there tomorrow, let alone a year or two from now when your case might go to trial. The accident simply wasn’t as important to them as it was to you, so they have no motivation to be easily found, and no motivation to retain a clear picture of what happened. Without continual refreshing, memories can quickly fade. Your attorney will swiftly gather and preserve all relevant evidence.
  • Landscapes change-You may have been in a car accident or hurt on the job. It’s imperative that you preserve evidence of any physical circumstances that may have contributed to your accident. Was the weather bad? Was there a malfunctioning traffic signal? Was the road in disrepair? Take pictures of everything, including damage to your vehicle, as well as any injuries you suffered. Without that type of physical evidence, it will all be speculative to a jury.
  • Evidence gets lost-It just happens-critical evidence seems to get legs and disappear. Your attorney can make certain that doesn’t happen.

Contact Fritz & Bianculli

At the law office of Fritz & Bianculli, we have more than 30 years of combined experience successfully protecting the rights of personal injury victims in the greater Philadelphia area. We have recovered nearly $200 million in settlements and verdicts in cases that other law firms initially turned down.

To set up a free initial consultation, call our office at 215-458-2222 or send us an e-mail. Evening and weekend meetings can be arranged, if necessary. We will come to your home or the hospital for an appointment.