Documentation to Keep for a Personal Injury Case
When it comes to handling a personal injury case, you want to be sure to save as many details as possible regarding the incident. This not only helps your lawyers create the best strategy for your case, it also helps me maintain a vivid record of everything that happened.
With so much to manage, it can be overwhelming to know what exactly you need to keep. Holding on to the right documentation can make or break your case. While your lawyers will have the best idea of what will help your unique case, here is a general overview of the documents you should keep organized and on hand.
There are usually a variety of different reports that come out of an experience with an accident. You can start by contacting respective parties for their notes and documentation of your incident. This includes law enforcement reports if police or the fire department were involved, incident reports if your accident occurred at a business, private investigation reports, 911 dispatch records, or previous incident reports if this isn’t the first time something like this has happened at the location.
Pictures, videos, sounds, etc. help tell a full story of what happened. Therefore, it is important to document details that are related to your case. This includes documenting your injuries, photos of vehicles or equipment involved in the accident, or evidence of the surrounding area. You never know what you might find in retrospect.
It’s also important to continue photographing or taking videos of your recovery process. This is another way to show the impacts of the accident on your life.
Taking statements from those involved is another useful way to document your accident. These statements are written records of the details surrounding your accident and should be requested while the memory is still fresh. You can ask for observations from witnesses at the scene to supplement your own recollections.
Medical records can hold a wealth of evidence. It identifies your injuries and goes into the extent of the cause, severity, and type of injury. The health field is known for its strict documentation policies which means everything from your initial treatment to your last session will be in the system and can be a good leverage for getting what you are owed.
Hold onto your receipts and any other costs incurred as a result of your accident. It doesn’t hurt to save it all from the costs of your treatments to the gas it takes to make an appointment or help you’ve hired to babysit your kids. By documenting your financial losses, you’ll have built a record of what to ask for when it comes to getting compensation for your injury.
Journals are an important aspect of personal injury cases because they help track what you are going through on a day-to-day basis. Write down how you feel, when your appointments are, and what you’ve been like emotionally and physically since the day of the accident.
Hold on to information regarding your policies and benefits as well as correspondence between you and the insurance company involved. If another person also had a role in your accident, make sure to grab the information of their insurance company as well.
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