List of Documents You Need for a Car Accident Claim
The moments after a serious car accident can be very confusing, but dealing with the aftermath in the days that follow can be too if you're not sure what documents you'll need to file a claim. If you choose to file a claim, obtaining and keeping certain records is important to the outcome of your case.
Filing a claim can be difficult, but an experienced car accident attorney can help you navigate the process and fight for the compensation you're entitled to. Here are some documents and records you can provide to your lawyer if you have them.
Police accident report
In Ohio, this is called the "Ohio Department of Public Safety Traffic Crash Report." The police accident report includes critical pieces of information about your crash, including a description of the accident written by the investigating police officer, weather conditions, and eyewitness statements. To obtain a copy of your police report, you will need to contact the law enforcement agency that came to the scene. Be ready to give them the following information:
- Date and location of the accident (name of intersection or street address)
- The names of all drivers involved
- The name and badge number of the officer who wrote the report
Along with a copy of your accident report, you should have pictures of the crash scene that show vehicle damage, property damage, any relevant street signs or signals, tire marks, and any visible injuries. These are strong pieces of evidence for your case. If you had any work done to your car after the accident, repair records can also be useful.
Most personal injury attorneys recommend having a car accident journal as well. In the journal, you can write down how the accident happened from your point of view and any important details leading up to, during, or after the crash. That way if your memory fades, you have the accident journal to review your notes.
After a car accident, you should get checked out by a licensed medical professional to diagnose and treat any injuries. Medical bills usually take up a big portion of the compensation your attorney is fighting for. Be sure to keep copies of the following medical records:
- Diagnostic records of your injuries
- Emergency service records (e.g., paramedic expenses or ambulance fees)
- Emergency room treatment records
- All treatment history
- List of prescribed medications
- Lab reports, test results, X-Rays, and other scan tests
- Physical therapy
- Chiropractic care and care from other health specialists
- All medical bill receipts
Depending on the severity of your injury, you may also be entitled to compensation for lost wages. Remember to keep the following employment records:
- Direct deposit records
- Tax returns
- Tip records
- A letter from your employer confirming your missed time from work
Legal help is available for car accident victims
If you're in the Columbus, Ohio area and you were injured in an accident that was not your fault, you have the right to seek compensation for all your losses. But dealing with the insurance company can be a challenge, especially when you're injured, in pain, and trying to get your life back on track. The last thing you need is an insurance adjuster to purposefully delay, dispute, or deny your claim.
At Mani Ellis & Layne, PLLC, our highly skilled legal team knows how to deal with insurance companies and insurance adjusters. Our attorneys can aggressively advocate for the compensation you're entitled to and fight for every dollar you deserve.
To see how we can help with your potential legal case, contact us today for a free consultation with an experienced Columbus, OH car accident lawyer.