Have You Done Any Digging Yourself?

Matthew Powell

When you hire a lawyer to handle a personal injury case, you will have to help in the efforts to collect evidence to prove that someone else was negligent and caused you to suffer harm.  While the attorney can assist in the efforts to uncover some of that evidence, you might be able to find a lot of it on your own.  Among the most beneficial bits of information in a court case are witness testimonies.  If you can locate the people who were there at the time the accident occurred, then you will have an easier time demonstrating the truth of what happened that day. You might also want to learn about the person or company that you intend to file the lawsuit against. You can learn a lot about a person and even track a person down with the use of the internet today.  The best part is that it doesn’t have to cost you anything to do so.  Consider the following websites and how they might help you in your lawsuit:

  • Google.  A simple search of a person’s name or even a partial name and city can lead you to a wealth of information about many people in this country and abroad.  The same can be done for a company or other organization.  Not only will you find social networking profiles, company websites, and other such information, but you can also frequently find phone numbers, addresses, and even company reviews.
  • Whitepages.com.  There are many websites that offer similar services, so feel free to use any of them, but this is a great place to hunt down a person and his or her contact information.
  • Facebook.  The social networking giant is a fabulous investigative tool as well.  Those who have failed to change their privacy settings leave all sorts of personal information available for all to see.  If those settings have been changed, then you may need to take your chances in inviting an online friendship to learn more.
  • LinkedIn.  This is also an option if Facebook fails you.  The professional networking site does provide a lot of info on members, which often includes a work phone number.
  • Twitter.  Of course, if you haven’t learned much through Facebook or LinkedIn, you could always give Twitter a shot.  Though this site doesn’t provide as much personal information, it can provide a great deal of insight into who the person is.  A lot can be learned about a person’s habits and personality by reading posts over an extended period of time.

A few hours of surfing the web can turn up all sorts of information about a person or company that may serve you well as you take to the courtroom.

Matthew Powell

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