Personal injuries, no matter how they’re acquired, can be devastating to your physical and mental health, as well as your financial stability. It isn’t fair that you should have to suffer from injuries that you sustained because of someone else’s negligence. It is well within your rights to pursue legal action against the at-fault party, but in order to do so, there are several pieces of crucial documentation that will be needed to support your personal injury claim. Below we’ll dive into the basics of claims, why documentation matters, what kind of paperwork and evidence you need to collect, and the steps you should follow after your injury so that you can reach the best possible outcome.
The Basics of Personal Injury Claims
A personal injury is something that brings you physical and/or mental harm. Personal injury law is meant to protect you if you are injured because of someone else’s act or failure to act, which is usually known as negligence. There are several types of personal injuries including but not limited to the following:
Drunk driving accidents
Fatigued driving accidents
Drowsy driving accidents
Reckless driving accidents
Slip & Falls
Car accidents are the most common personal injury in the United States.
Why Documentation Matters
When you’re injured in an accident, regardless of the cause, you might find yourself facing a great deal of medical costs that pile up quickly, and you might have to take days, weeks, or months off of work in order to fully recover. This can create even greater financial struggle, especially if you’re left permanently disabled from extreme injuries. It’s absolutely crucial that you gather all meticulous documentation in order to have a strong foundation for your claims. Without that, recovering damages can be extremely difficult.
In order to have a valid claim, liability for the accident has to be proven. This can be one of the most difficult aspects of a personal injury claim even with sufficient evidence, but especially if you don’t gather receipts and other tangible documentation. Your ability to provide concrete evidence could be what makes the difference between a fair settlement and your claim being denied.
It’s also important to remember that in some states if you were even slightly at fault for the accident, the other party’s liability might be compared to your own.
The right documentation can help prove liability, provide a timeline, and give you credibility which helps with negotiations, and more.
Types of Essential Documentation
In order to be fairly compensated for what you’ve endured and avoid winding up in debt because of the fastly accumulating expenses, you should be prepared to gather and organize the following types of documentation:
Medical records and bills – these are perhaps the most important documents you can have to support your personal injury claim. It’s crucial to have evidence of your injuries, as well as your treatment so that you can be fully compensated for the financial impact your injuries have had on your life.
Witness statements – if there were witnesses at the time of your accident, it is imperative that you gather statements as they can attest to the situation and aid in validating the story.
Police reports – you should always ask for a copy of any assessments that are made by law enforcement as this can also corroborate your story.
Photographs and videos – taking photos and videos of damage to your vehicle as well as your injuries can prove useful in your personal injury claim as well.
Gathering and keeping these essential documents in order is pivotal in ensuring fair compensation for the physical, emotional, and financial effects of a personal injury.
The Impact of Documentation on Your Claim’s Success
Personal injuries can alter your life tremendously. In addition to physical stress on your body, personal injuries can affect your mental health as well, especially if you were involved in a traumatic accident. To avoid drowning in medical expenses, and in order to pursue compensation, it is paramount to proactively collect the essential documentation collected above. The more compelling evidence you have can significantly increase your odds of recovering maximum compensation. However, quality and relevance also matter. By taking these steps, you can outfit yourself with a solid personal injury claim.
How The Florida Law Group Can Help
We are nationally recognized as being in the top 1% of law firms in the United States and we’ve been recognized by some of the nation’s most prestigious legal organizations including but not limited to…
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
The National Trial Lawyers Top 100
The Best Lawyers in America®
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Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠
Superb Rating by Avvo
The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
We’ve also been featured by various media groups such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, 20/20, 48 Hours, ABC, the Tampa Bay Times, the Tampa Tribune, and The CBS Evening News.
Additionally, our lead attorney, Chris Limberopoulos, is a board-certified civil trial specialist, which is a certification that only 1% of lawyers in the state of Florida have achieved.
If you’ve been injured in a personal injury accident, The Florida Law Group can help you stand up for your rights. Since 1984, we’ve helped accident victims of all types recover over $1 billion dollars. We are experienced and passionate about fighting for justice on behalf of our clients. Unfortunately, personal injury can be tricky to navigate as the insurance company of the at-fault party will do everything they can to deny or devalue your claims. We are familiar with their lowball tactics and know how to get around them so that you can get what you deserve. Allow our personal injury attorneys to take some of the burden off of your shoulders. Call The Florida Law Group today to schedule a free, confidential consultation.