car accident, you may consider filing an insurance claim or a
personal injury lawsuit. No matter which option you choose, being properly prepared is
critical to your success. You need to have a strong argument based on
your injuries and concrete proof of property damage.
Although you may feel emotionally overwhelmed after the crash, you must
keep a paper trail of documents to support your case. Having the proper
documentation can bolster your claims and improve your chances of recovering
your entitled compensation.
The following are the types of documents to collect after your car accident:
Police report – If a police officer arrived at the scene of the accident, he or she most
likely prepared a police report either at the scene or shortly afterward.
To obtain a copy of the report, you need to contact the law enforcement
agency that came to the scene.
Medical records – Whether you have suffered a serious injury or had a doctor evaluate
your health as a precautionary measure, make sure you obtain copies of
medical information such as bills and records. Additionally, keep track
of any medications prescribed as well.
Vehicle damage valuations – Repairs to your vehicle can be covered by the insurance claim or
lawsuit. You must determine how much your repairs will cost and the value
of your vehicle prior to the collision. Auto body shops provide estimates
of the damage.
Proof of income – If you missed any time from work due to your car accident injury,
you need to show how much income you lost by providing paycheck stubs,
direct deposit records, or tip records.
Journal – Unless you have extraordinary photographic memory, it is quite
difficult to recall each import detail of every day. A journal helps you
document each and every injury, determine the specific day and time you
experienced symptoms, undermine false claims, and avoid memory issues.
If you have been injured in a car accident in Florida caused by a negligent driver,
contact our Martin County personal injury attorney at
Lauri J. Goldstein & Associates, PLLC today.