When filing a personal injury case in Florida, you must prove the existence, cause, and severity of their injuries. That means you must provide evidence in the form of documents to legitimize and quantify your claim.
However, that may not be easy, especially if it is the first time you are dealing with a personal injury case.
If you are not sure which documents you may need, there is no reason to feel upset. Consulting with experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys can help you prepare the right documents and file a successful personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Here are some of the most critical documents you will need to support your personal injury case.
Law enforcement reports
The police will almost always make a report when they get to the accident scene. If they don’t show up, however, state laws in Florida require motorists involved in a crash to file a report to the local law enforcement agency, especially if it results in personal injury, property damage, or death.
Having a police report after an accident can be an excellent place to start building your case. Besides giving a detailed account of the scene, the police report also contains witness information that could help your West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys pursue new leads that could help build a strong case.
Photos of the scene
Photos relating to your case are a critical part of the evidence. Whenever possible, it is critical that you take photos of the accident scene or have someone else do it for you. You might also need to take pictures of your injuries, equipment at the location, photos of vehicles, and anything related to your injuries.
When an accident happens in the presence of other people, a good Samaritan may call 911 to make a report. Just like police records, emergency report records are available to the public.
These incident records can be instrumental in giving your attorney leads about the people who may have witnessed the accident and are willing to appear as your witnesses in court.
After you identify witnesses that are willing to help in your case, getting a written record of their accident recollection is vital. You could also make audio or video recordings of the statement to help your preferred team of West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys build a strong case.
Getting witness statements can help:
- Witnesses record some essential details about the accident before they forget them
- Preserve the witnesses’ version of events consistent
- Experts in reconstructing how the accident happened
Without medical records, it can be tough to prove your injury claims. It is vital to keep all the paperwork that shows your history of receiving treatment for your injuries. The documents should include all the medical paperwork since the first day you go into the emergency room, laboratory tests, all the rehabilitation programs relating to your injuries, and follow-up checks.
Work information records
Work history and pay information is another critical type of documentation you will need for your case. The pay information becomes necessary when claiming compensation for lost wages by showing how the accident has affected your earning capacity.
Contact a personal injury lawyer today
Have you sustained injuries due to another party’s negligence? Fetterman & Associates, P.A, can help you fight for your rightful compensation as you focus on recovery.
Our team of experienced West Palm Beach personal injury attorneys has been standing up for the rights of the residents of West Palm Beach, Port St. Lucie, and other parts of Florida for over 40 years. Call our offices at 561-449-2372 or contact us online today so we can evaluate your case.