Witness Statements and Legal Funding
When you file a personal injury claim, witness statements are essential evidence. Not only can they affect your settlement amount, but your eligibility for legal funding as well. Continue reading this article to learn what a witness statement entails and more information on their importance to legal funding. This is a short guide as to how witness statements and legal funding relate.
What Part do Witness Statements Play in Legal Funding Decisions?
As the injured party or plaintiff in a personal injury lawsuit, witness statements add validity to your liability claim. A witness can confirm your detailed account actually happened, or even add additional facts that you were unaware of. This solidifies your case, making it easier for a judge or jury to hold the defendant liable. In addition, a witness does not have to necessarily be present when the accident occurs. Even if the witness arrives to the scene after the fact, they can confirm that you were injured and what the scene looked like.
Lawsuit funding companies do their best to make sure they invest in cases where they get their money back. Witness statements can serve as primary supporting evidence of liability for legal funding underwriters. With premises liability claims, having one of the following: witness statement, incident report; photos; or videos; can be a prerequisite for funding.
How to Put Together a Witness Statement
After the incident, and as soon as you can, obtain the witness names and contact information. Lost witness contacts are lost evidence. The longer you take to get these witness accounts, the more likely your witnesses will not remember the situation accurately. For the most accurate and detailed accounts, it’s best to get them immediately after the accident.
Follow these guidelines when approaching a witness:
- Get their name, address and contact number. It is important to remember, however, not to pester them for this information. They need to be on your side, so take what they are willing to give you.
- Ask them what they saw and if they’d be willing to give a written statement about the accident.
- Ask for their permission to write their account down. If they agree, be sure to send them the typed copy (to confirm it’s accurate) and get their signature.
Uplift Legal Funding
Witness statements help establish liability and make your case much stronger. The stronger the case, the more potential for legal funding. Funders like to see hard evidence of negligence, especially for premises liability lawsuit loans or car accident loans. A witness is able to vouch for you, providing extra evidence that makes your lawsuit appear much less risky to funders.