If you have been injured in a car accident caused by another person’s negligence, you may be able to recover compensation for your injuries. Compensation is never guaranteed in any type of personal injury case, but there are a few ways you can strengthen your case and increase your chances of recovering the money you deserve. How? According to Denver personal injury attorney Mark A. Simon, it helps to document as much evidence as possible after an accident.
What should you document?
If you are not severely injured, it’s recommended that you take photographs at the scene of the accident. Take pictures of damage on your vehicle and any other vehicles that were involved in the crash. If a stop light or traffic sign played a role in the accident, take a picture of that as well. If you have visible injuries, you should photograph these so you have proof that they occurred during the accident.
Were there any witnesses?
If they are still at the scene of the accident, politely ask them for their contact information. Your attorney may need to get in touch with them later to discuss what they saw leading up to the accident. Learn how to document auto accident damage.
After you have left the scene of the accident, you should continue to document evidence over the course of your recovery. Visible injuries should be photographed every few days to show how they have healed or worsened over time. If your injuries are not visible, keep a journal where you can write down the symptoms you are experiencing on a daily basis. This may help you prove that you suffered from both physical and emotional pain.
You should also start to gather documents that show you have incurred expenses or suffered losses as a result of your injuries. For example, if you had to pay for medical treatment, prescription medication, or transportation to the doctor’s office, keep a file that contains all of these invoices. If you have had to take time off of work because of your injuries, request a formal letter from your employer that states the dates you have taken off, and a letter from your doctor that explains why it was necessary for you to take time off of work.
Why is documenting evidence important?
The at-fault driver’s insurance company is sure to put up a fight over compensating you for your injuries. They may argue that your injuries are not as severe as you are claiming, or that you are being dishonest in reporting the expenses you have incurred as a result of the injury. But, it is hard to argue with photographic proof and official documents from your healthcare provider and employer. The more evidence that you document after an accident, the stronger your case will be.
If you have any questions about your personal injury case, attorney Mark A. Simon can help. If you have been injured because of someone else’s negligence, call us at 303-321-4878
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