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The Use of Documentary Evidence in A Personal Injury Trial

Documentary Evidence

In general, like other kinds of evidence, documentary evidence must be relevant to be admissible. In the case of writing, the document’s authenticity is one aspect of its relevancy. But keep in mind documentary evidence, even if fully authenticated and relevant. If any problems or question concerns a document, you should consider three separate and distinct possible barriers to admissibly (1) Authentication, (2) Best evidence, and (3) Hearsay. 

The Use of Documentary Evidence in A Personal Injury Trial

(1) Authentication 

As such the paper is what the proponent claims it is. The article is usually not self-authenticating. It needs a testimonial sponsor or shepherding angel to prove that a person made, signed, or adopted the report. The authentic nature of a document may be admitted through the discovery process. Through stipulation at the pretrial conference, or by a failure to deny an allegation in a pleading.  

(2) Best Evidence Rule

The best evidence rule is called the “original document rule.” It may be stated as follows: in proving the terms of writing (recording, photograph, or x-ray), where the words are material, the original report must be produced.

(3) Hearsay 

A Hearsay is a statement, other than the one made by the declarant while testifying at the current trial. Or a hearing, offered in evidence to prove the truth of the matter asserted. The rules against hearsay are probably the essential exclusionary rules of evidence in any legal proceedings. If a statement is hearsay and no exception. If exclusion applies, the evidence must be excluded upon proper objection.     

The more complex the personal injury case, the more documentary evidence is essential to simplify the issues. And allow the jury to understand the facts. This is particularly true for issues such as medical conditions and medical treatment. The personal injury attorney must convey a clear sense of the injury to the jury. And the medical treatment for that injury.

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