Motor vehicle collisions are chaotic and unexpected. They leave you with injuries that often require extensive treatment and recovery. Insurance companies want to settle with victims quickly, trusting that people do not know what their losses are worth.
Trusting your case to an experienced personal injury lawyer will allow you to focus on your recovery. While you recuperate, make sure to gather and pass along several important documents that will help your lawyer with your case.
1. Medical bills
Medical bills will help your lawyer to establish the cost of treatment required for your injuries. Pass along every type of medical bill you receive related to your treatment. Your lawyer needs to know every provider that charges you so that they can include those costs. Bills also inform your lawyer of who to request medical records from to prove the injuries and treatment required.
2. Lost wages
If your injuries prevent you from returning to work for any period of time, whether a few weeks or permanently, speak with your lawyer to determine what type of documents would help prove this. Depending on your job and your employer, time cards, pay stubs and tax documents may all be helpful.
3. Correspondence from insurance companies
Give any letters you receive from your insurance company, or the insurance company for the driver at fault, to your lawyer. Once a lawyer is working on your behalf, you no longer need to talk with insurance directly.
This is not an all-inclusive list of what a lawyer will need to prove your case, but these are the documents that will likely be in your control. Depending on the type of collision and your injuries, your lawyer may recommend additional documentation that you can provide.