You should gather any documentation (evidence) to show the Judge or arbitrator that you are not responsible (liable) for the wrong the Claimant is complaining about. A good way to think about evidence is to treat it as a tool for building your story’s steps. The evidence you bring to court illustrates your side of the story. It establishes the proof of your defense. The following items are all acceptable forms of evidence:
- Written contracts
- Canceled checks
- Money orders
- Estimates in writing
- Damaged object(s)
- Articles of clothing
- Other written documents
- Or any such evidence that proves you are not responsible
If you do not have any of the above documents, don’t fret! Oral evidence (testimony from you or from someone who knows about the case) can also be offered to present your defense. Witnesses provide an acceptable source of evidence that can help you establish proof for your side of the story. A witness can be either someone who has first-hand knowledge of the issues, like a person who witnessed the event, or a specialist that can provide expert testimony. Especially in medical suits, expert testimony is helpful for your defense.
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