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What Documents Do I Need After My Southwest Florida Car Accident?

When you are in an accident in the state of Florida, you have a legal right to file a claim for the damages caused by the accident. In order to receive this claim you have to prove a lot of things. You have to prove that there was an accident and the accident was caused by the actions of another driver. Then you have to prove that your injuries are a result of those accidents. You’ll also have to prove the value of the damages caused by the accident. This requires a lot of evidence and documentation. If you are filing a claim here is a list of the documents you will need to collect after the accident to start the process.

The Police Report

After an accident, you will always want to contact the police. The police will document the details of the accident and publish an official report. Insurance companies and courts put a lot of weight on police reports because they are not only seen as objective, but from an authority on accidents. You can get a copy of the police report by contacting the police agency that filed the report. This can usually be done right on their website, but sometimes may have a small fee.

Medical Records

Medical records are really important to proving the severity of your injuries. It is also really important that immediately following an accident you seek medical care. That way you can prove that the injuries were a direct result of the accident. You will also need to collect medical records to prove the cost of your injuries. When collecting your medical records, make sure to include everything. You will not only want proof of doctor’s visits, but also include pharmaceutical costs, therapy costs, and any other associated medical costs. It’s a good idea to also include the costs of going to and from doctors visits as well as related expenses like house modifications or medical equipment.

Vehicle Damage Records

If your vehicle was damaged in the accident, you will also need to provide proof of the costs. If you had your car repaired, you will need all the receipts of payment. If you could not afford to get your car repaired, you will need to collect quotes for the cost of the damage. In some cases, your insurance company will handle the costs and estimates for repair. If your car was totaled, you will also have to gather documents to ensure that you get the replacement value so you can purchase a new car to replace the one that’s been damaged.

Proof Of Income And Benefits

When your injuries are so severe you have to miss work or are no longer capable of doing your normal job, that is considered a damage. In order to receive compensation, you will have to provide proof of your income and any benefits you received as a result of your job like health insurance, PTO, and retirement. Further, you will need to document the time you missed from work and/or prove that because of your injuries you can longer do your job. The latter typically comes from your physician. You can also include proof of the termination of your employment.

These documents will help you prove your claim. However, when you are injured, it can be a real challenge to do anything, no less collect documentation. Fortunately, the team at Justice Pays Goldman, Babboni, Fernandez, and Walsh are here to help. When you work with our team, we will collect all the documents, handle all the communication with the insurance company, and fight to protect your rights. That way you can focus on what really matters: Your health. Give us a call for a free case review and to learn how we can help you.

Stephen M. Fernandez developed a strong belief in justice and fairness in public policy while earning his Political Science degree prior to attending law school. Since joining the Florida Bar Association in 2004, Stephen Fernandez has combined his background in public policy, business administration and civil law to serve as a highly effective trial lawyer fighting for Florida's injured, working hard every day to make sure his clients get what they are owed.

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