When you are injured in a car accident, the success of your lawsuit may hinge upon the information you are able to provide during the court process. You need to be able to prove that the other driver was at fault and prove the extent of injuries you suffer, and your records are going to be the core of this proof. Here is an overview of how keeping records after a Florida car accident can help you get the personal injury compensation you deserve to make you whole again.
Keeping Records After a Florida Car Accident
Immediately after the accident, as you begingathering information, keep a journal of everyone you speak to, the conversations you have, and any relevant information about the accident. The more detailed the information you have, the better you will be.
If a police officer visits the scene of your accident, they will be required to prepare and file a report of the incident. This report is a matter of public record and you should always request a copy for your files. The report will contain vital information such as violations of traffic laws, the statements of all drivers and witnesses, and a description of the circumstances and possible causes.
Obtaining a police report is a matter of contacting the law enforcement agency and providing them with the name, date and accident location, the names of all drivers involved and the name and badge number of the officer who responded to the scene.
Whenever you are involved in an accident you should be seen by a doctor even if you don't feel injured. Keep detailed records of any and all medical treatments and visits you undergo. This includes physical therapy, ER visits, urgent care clinics, doctor's appointments, medication, diagnoses and all interactions you have with any healthcare professionals. More than once we have experienced inaccurate records in clients' medical files which insurance companies focus on to justify a lower amount of compensation. It is important that you keep records of your visits just in case an employee at a medical office is documenting your file and makes an error (they are human).
This information will be vital in proving the amount of compensation for recovery to which you are entitled.
Income and Wages
Gather all evidence of your wages and income, including tax paperwork, pay stubs and the like. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income and lost opportunities, and the amount you make at work will be an important factor in determining the amount you can claim. Many attorneys do not realize that you may be eligible for lost opportunities.
Vehicle Status and Repair Information
Gather all information you can about your car—the year, make, model, VIN and Blue Book value, as well as detailed records of any and all repairs and damage estimates that are done. You may be able to secure this information from your insurance company, or directly from the repair facility (or facilities) you use.
Of course, you should always seek representation by an expert Florida personal injury attorney. There are a lot of potential pitfalls when dealing with an auto accident, and an attorney will make sure that you've got someone in your corner to fight for your rights every step of the way, and be sure that you get properly compensated so you can get back on your feet and enjoy life once more. For a free consultation of your case, please give us a call today or email us with questions.