Important Documentation Needed in a Personal Injury Claim
If you or someone you care for was injured in an accident, it is important that you preserve certain documentation to prove how the damages occurred, the severity of the injuries sustained and other financial losses. Discussing your situation with a knowledgeable attorney could help you get the right documents you need to pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost income, pain and suffering, and other damages.
The attorneys at Lynch Law Firm, PC have a wealth of experience protecting the rights of injured victims in New Jersey. Our goal is to get injured victims the maximum compensation available to help them recover.
Below, our reputable attorneys discuss the different types of documentation you may need and how they may help strengthen your potential case.
What Documents Might I Need?
When a personal injury occurs, various documents are generated. Some of these documents may include:
- Medical reports
- Health care bills
- Diagnostic test results
- Prescriptions for medication
- Proof of lost income
- Accident reports
Make sure to preserve original documents to provide to your lawyer and we recommend making copies to keep for yourself. In addition to retaining the above documents, you should also take pictures of your injuries throughout the recovery process. This can help to document any setbacks or improvements in your condition.
Should you need assistance obtaining any of these documents, an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer from our firm may be able to help. You can discuss your claim with one of our dedicated legal professionals in a Free Case Evaluation.
How Can Documents Prove Your Claim?
As the plaintiff who suffered the injury, the burden of proof is on you and your lawyer, which means you must provide evidence showing how the at-fault party was liable for your damages. Even though some cases may be clear cut, the legal process could get complicated without the help of a knowledgeable lawyer who has experience handling cases like yours.
Sometimes insurance companies may question how you suffered your injury, which is why it is important to report your accident to the local authorities as soon as it occurs. Showing your accident report adds more credibility to your claim, especially about how, when and where the accident occurred.
Insurance adjusters are known for offering far less than you deserve by saying that your injuries are not that severe. Having the right medical reports along with pictures of your injury and the scene of the accident could help justify the severity of your injuries.
If you were forced to miss work while recovering from your injuries, you may be eligible to recover lost wages or other benefits you may have lost. You can ask your employer for documentation showing your lost wages.
A written or recorded statement from a neutral witness who saw how the accident occurred may hold significant weight in the outcome of your claim. If you have a viable claim, our attorneys may be able to interview possible witnesses to help strengthen your claim.
Keeping a Medical Journal
Our attorneys recommend keeping a personal journal throughout your recovery process. This should include a log of:
- The events that occurred leading up to the accident, including weather conditions and visibility
- Your pain and suffering at the time of the accident, while you were receiving treatment and throughout the healing process
- Conversations with the other parties involved in the accident, possible witnesses and insurance adjusters
- The times you needed assistance from family members or professionals traveling to and from doctor’s appointments or therapy sessions. This should include at-home help to perform daily activities, such as household chores, shopping, getting dressed, eating, etc.
Seek Legal Assistance from a Lawyer You Can Trust
Whether you or a loved one was injured in an accident, it is important to discuss your claim in a free consultation with a reputable lawyer.
Lynch Law Firm, PC has obtained more than $300 million in compensation on behalf of our clients.* If your claim has merit, we are prepared to protect your legal rights and fight for the maximum allowable compensation to aid with your recovery efforts.
We charge zero fees up front and there is no need to commit to our firm, even after you discuss your situation with us. Your information is kept private so there is no risk in contacting us today.
You can even start the process from the comfort and safety of your own home as we can process the necessary documentation and signatures online.
Call Lynch Law Firm, PC at (800) 518-0508 to discuss your legal options.