Auto accidents are always jarring, but at times, they can also result in long-lasting, even permanent injuries. That said, if you’ve been hurt in an auto accident due to no fault of your own, you may have a path to financial compensation. To recover compensation, you’ll need to gather and present evidence to prove you were hurt as a result of another party’s negligence, and you’ll also need to document the extent to which the accident has impacted your life. Please continue reading to learn more about how to best document your injuries and expenses after an accident and reach out to a seasoned Jacksonville personal injury lawyer from Ansbacher Law to learn more about how we can help you through the claims process.
What should I do after an accident to document my injuries and expenses?
There are various actions you should take after your car accident to best document the injuries and expenses you’ve incurred. They are as follows:
- Capture the aftermath of the accident with your camera or smartphone. Take photos and videos of the damage to your vehicle, the other vehicles involved, the road conditions, the traffic signs and signals, and any skid marks or debris.
- Collect the contact information of any witnesses who saw the crash. Ask them to write down or record their statements about what happened and how it affected you.
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you feel fine, you may have hidden injuries that could worsen over time. Get a thorough examination and diagnosis from a doctor, and keep copies of all your medical records and bills. This is a crucial part of documenting the damages you’ve incurred as a result of your accident.
- Preserve any physical evidence that relates to your injuries or expenses. This could include clothing, jewelry, glasses, medications, receipts, invoices, or anything else that shows how the accident impacted you physically or financially.
- Write down everything you can remember about the accident. Include details such as the date, time, location, weather, speed, direction, actions, emotions, conversations, and sensations. Be as specific and accurate as possible.
- Contact a reputable car accident lawyer for a free consultation. A lawyer can help you understand your legal rights and options, and advise you on how to document your injuries and expenses in a way that maximizes your compensation.
How long will I have to speak with a lawyer?
Importantly, you should understand that the statute of limitations for personal injury claims in Florida is, generally, two years. This means that accident victims will only have two years from the date of their accident to file a personal injury claim. If you wait longer than two years, you will most likely be permanently barred from suing. Contact Ansbacher Law today so we can get started fighting for the full and fair compensation to which you are entitled.