Following your car accident injury, the success of your insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit is largely dependent on your argument. Strengthening your argument requires detailed documentation of your experience. Detailed records and photographs go a long way in bolstering your demand letter or settlement negotiation.
What records should you keep after your accident? You need to bring evidence for every type of damage you have incurred because of the accident. Here is a checklist of crucial proof you should gather after your collision.
1. Police report
If law enforcement arrived to the scene of the accident, they likely filed an accident report. The information in this report will include crucial information about the incident, including whether the other driver violated traffic laws and statements from drivers, passengers or witnesses about what caused the accident. Contact the law enforcement agency that responded to the scene and give them the necessary details to receive a copy.
2. Medical treatment
Whether you got a medical evaluation for precautionary reasons or you received treatments for injuries, you should gather copies of medical records and billing history for these instances. Examples of records include:
- Emergency medical services
- Emergency room treatment
- Hospital admission
- Primary doctor treatment
- Physical therapy
- Pharmacy prescriptions
- Chiropractic care
Obtain records for all types of treatment related to your injuries throughout every phase of health care, including all diagnoses, treatments and prescriptions.
3. Diary or journal
Another important documentation is a diary you use to write down important details and information about the car accident and related injuries. Use this diary to focus on how the accident impacted your daily life, including any mental distress and loss of enjoyment. A chronological journal can help you remember details and get compensation for pain and suffering.
Gathering these documents will make your potential claim and lawsuit stronger. For more guidance on what to collect, consult an attorney who deals with car accident claims.