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The days and weeks following an accident can be a whirlwind of emotions as you try to navigate what can often prove to be a complex and bumpy road. We are here today in an attempt to make the process easier for you.
Here is the documentation you need to have handy to show your Florida personal injury attorney after an accident.
Before meeting with your attorney, gather all your relevant medical records. These will be some of the most essential documents for your case. If you are waiting for medical bills or reports to come in, bring what you have available and note that you are waiting for more documentation so you don’t forget about anything.
You should also have a copy of the police report. The officers on the scene were responsible for documenting what happened. They do this by filing an official police report. This documentation can prove to be helpful for your lawyer because it indicates who is responsible for the accident. They can also locate smaller details within the report that may be important and that you possibly overlooked.
Having a list of witness contacts is also good to have. The witnesses can help piece together the accident and offer their testimony on what they saw happen. Usually, the witnesses will be listed on the police report but always obtain a list just in case they are left off.
Along with the documentation we named above, you should also have photographic evidence of the accident, including the scene, vehicles, and road conditions. The damage to the vehicles may also show why your injuries may be more severe. In addition to photographs, consider taking video for a clear and big picture.
After the accident, you should get the other driver’s insurance information. The attorney will want to see this documentation as well. They will use the info in the insurance policy to help determine your percentage of expenses that might be covered. This helps when putting together your case.
Lost Wage Information
If you had to stop working temporarily because of the accident, you want to have documentation that outlines this. Even when you have minor injuries, it may still require you to take some time off to recover and go to your medical appointments.
List the dates and times you were unable to work and bring copies of pay stubs or your W-2s to prove how much income was lost.
Your Personal Account
Finally, since there is a lot of information you will need to convey during your initial visit with the attorney, it helps to have a written personal account of the accident and details, so you don’t forget anything.
Since your other documents will cover the more specific details, your personal account can be a timeline of the events and how the accident has affected your life.
Above all, you want to stay in close contact with your Florida personal injury attorney, so you can obtain any other documentation that is needed to help prove your case. Your attorney can also help you determine what evidence you need and whether or not you have a case.
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