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Evidence issues are critical when you are hit by a drunk driver

If you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit after a Connecticut drunk driving accident, you'll need to ensure your claim is as persuasive as possible. You need to prove by a preponderance of the evidence that the defendant was responsible for your injuries, but there are many evidentiary issues that can derail your claim and your right to compensation.

As we discussed last week, one of these issues is chain of custody, but that is not by any means the only evidentiary issue you may face. Witnesses may be challenged on the basis of hearsay or lack of personal knowledge. The defense may argue that documents are improperly authenticated. The proper admission of evidence is often key to a claim's success, so you need to know how to do it competently and with success.

This is where having an experienced trial attorney on your side can prove beneficial. At the Law Offices of James L. O'Rourke, our legal professionals know the rules of evidence and how to use them to our clients' advantage. We work diligently to ensure we have the documents and witnesses necessary to get key evidence admitted, bolstering findings of negligence and causation.

The ability to get evidence admitted is only half the battle. You also need to know when to object to evidence offered by the defense. If you fail to properly object, unreliable or irrelevant evidence that can damage your case may be admitted. Raising a proper objection, even if unsuccessful, preserves the issue for appeal, essentially giving you a second chance. Our firm knows how to deal with these issues to ensure our clients receive the aggressive legal representation they deserve.

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