Gathering Evidence in Long Island Construction Accidents

By Steven Miller
Senior Partner

A construction accident case is like any other legal case. You’ll have to gather evidence to support your claims that your injury was caused by someone else’s negligence. 

Here are the different forms of evidence in a construction accident case, and what you must do to make that evidence as valuable as possible.

Medical Records

All of your medical records counts as evidence. This includes:

  • Discharge paperwork
  • Medical bills
  • Psychiatric bills
  • Dental bills
  • Prescriptions
  • Doctor’s instructions
  • The hospital’s records of your treatment

Your attorney will get the hospital records, but you should preserve the rest.

To make this form of evidence as valuable as possible, you will need to seek medical treatment immediately and follow all of your medical provider’s instructions, no matter how minor they seem to be. 

Financial Records

To keep track of your financial losses, preserve:

  • Pay stubs
  • Receipts from services, like housekeeping services
  • Receipts for mobility aids

Changes in your standard of living can be used to help determine your pain and suffering compensation, so document those issues, as well. 


If you are awake and alert enough to do so after your accident you should try to take photographs if you can. Some construction accidents don’t allow this, as the victim is in so much pain that photographs can be impossible. Nevertheless, if you can, you should.

Sometimes we may be able to get photographic evidence if you involve us early enough. For example, there may be video cameras recording footage of the construction site. We might be able to get copies of that footage, but it’s usually only possible if you call a construction accident attorney as soon as you’re medically capable of doing so.

Physical Evidence

If possible, you should work with your attorney to gather physical evidence from the accident site before it gets lost or “accidentally” destroyed. This is usually only possible if you involve a construction accident attorney right away. 

Your attorney will subpoena the evidence and make sure it is preserved properly and stays safe.

Construction Cases Are Complex

In a construction case, you are often holding multiple parties liable for their negligence. These cases quickly grow contentious.

Our firm specializes in ensuring that your expenses are covered. Contact us today to ensure your case remains strong and that all applicable evidence gets preserved.

See also:

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About the Author
Steven Miller, Esq. is the founding member and Senior Partner in Miller, Montiel & Strano, P.C. Mr. Miller’s extensive career as a trial attorney spans five decades. He tries cases for the catastrophically injured victims of construction site accidents, motor vehicle and premises accidents caused by the negligence of others. Mr. Miller is a detail oriented, tenacious attorney committed to achieving the maximum results for his clients; he has obtained numerous seven figure verdicts and settlements.