How to Properly Document an Injury for a Personal Injury Suit

Personal injury lawsuits are pursued under a wide range of circumstances, but all involve damages suffered as a result of another’s negligence. The evidence in each case will differ, but the need to provide documentation does not. Having clear, well-organized information is essential to proving that an injury occurred, who was involved and what the costs of those injuries have been and are likely to be. If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, the information that follows will serve as a guide for what you should bring when you meet with your personal injury attorney.

  • Police reports – If you have been injured in a car accident, a police report will provide invaluable information about the details of the accident as recorded by a law enforcement officer.
  • Medical records – Your medical records will explain all diagnoses and treatments received
  • Medical bills – Keeping track of all of your medical expenses is essential, including the costs of medical appointments, diagnostic tests, hospital stays, rehabilitation and nursing costs, medications, transportation to and from appointments, and medical device purchases or rentals.
  • Insurance company correspondence – All bills, statements, correspondence and other documents to and from insurance companies involved in your case.
  • Workplace correspondence and compensation – If you have missed work, lost your job or been unable to continue working as a result of the injury you have suffered you should bring any and all documents related, as well as paystubs.
  • Photographs – If you have taken any pictures or video of accidents, interactions, injuries or anything else that documents what happened to you, bring those with you.
  • Journal – If you haven’t started keeping a record of what has happened to you, it is never too late to start. You want to write details down as they happen, noting the date and time of each, as memories can fade quickly.

It can be hard to write down painful memories but doing so as soon as possible after suffering a personal injury can be extremely helpful. Personal injury lawsuits often take a significant amount of time and having notes of how you were feeling and what you experienced will help you recall details that time may otherwise erase.

If you’ve suffered a personal injury, it is important to seek legal help soon after, as there is a limited amount of time available to file a claim. Having the listed above will help your attorney assess the damages that you’ve suffered and move forward quickly to get you the justice you deserve. Contact our team to discuss your team today.