Driving a vehicle is a privilege. People who take on the responsibility of driving on Florida roads also assume the responsibility for their actions while they are driving. There are laws in place to make sure anyone injured in a vehicle accident can be compensated. Sometimes, legal action is required to ensure a person’s injuries and personal losses from the accident are sufficiently compensated. Clear and precise documentation of injuries sustained in an accident is the foundation for a successful lawsuit against responsible parties.
Florida law requires that vehicle accidents be reported to the police. In addition to an official police report, it is also necessary to get information from witnesses. If possible, take pictures of the accident, including injuries, damage to your vehicle and location shots. If you have photos of yourself before the accident occurred, include those in your documentation. These will be used to show how the accident affected you physically.
Documenting Injuries from the Accident
Keep a journal about your injuries. Include the symptoms you notice and all medical attention you receive from the point of the accident onward. Be sure to document your pain levels every day. Do not leave out even the smallest of details as it relates to your injuries.
Keep all receipts and correspondence from medical professionals and others who are involved in your treatment and recovery. If you need to get medications, crutches or other medical equipment, special foods or other items related to your injuries, keep the receipts. Also, make sure you get receipts for any co-payments on doctor or clinic visits. All these things are necessary for determining proper compensation for you.
Track the mileage you use between doctor, hospital and clinic visits. Be sure to record all travel expenses related to your injuries. In addition to travel, document any loss of income due to your injuries. Make sure your documentation is accurate.
The repercussions from an accident can be devastating. Getting fully compensated for losses is only fair. Hiring a qualified lawyer, who will put your best interests first, is crucial to ensuring your expenses will be covered. A good lawyer will look at all facets of your case, including those you may not think of. Frohlich, Gordon & Beason, P.A., lawyers specialize in personal injury law and will gladly help you with your personal injury case.
We have offices conveniently located in the southwest Florida communities of Englewood, North Port, and Port Charlotte, to serve you. If you have a personal injury case, contact us. We will provide you with a free initial consultation. We are the lawyers who care.