Your Personal Injury Checklist: Documents & Items You Need

After an accident that causes a debilitating injury, it can be hard to gather your thoughts, let alone focus on what you need to do to get your personal injury claim figured out. Whether it was a trucking accident, motorcycle accident, burn accident, or any other type of accident that resulted in a personal injury, Metier Law Firm can help.

In today’s blog, we’re going to outline various documents and items you’ll need when meeting with a personal injury attorney in Colorado. If you don’t have all of them upfront, that’s fine. However, this is the evidence you should expect to collect in order to get the best possible outcome for your personal injury claim. Contact Metier Law Firm, your trusted personal injury law firm in Colorado, today to get started with a risk-free consultation. We work with clients throughout Fort Collins, Denver Metro, Golden, and Colorado Springs.

Official Reports

As you work through your personal injury claim, your injury lawyer will require as many official reports as you can access.

  • Police reports and reports by other law enforcement agencies – There may be more than one report. These reports are not considered conclusive, but rather are ideal for beginning an investigation. Police reports are considered public record.
  • Private investigation reports – These reports can be completed by any party involved in your accident. Your personal injury attorney can help you obtain another’s private investigation report through a civil action process known as discovery.
  • Accident reconstruction reports – A special division with the police department or your personal injury attorney can complete this.
  • 911 dispatch call recordings – This can be solid evidence for your personal injury claim, as it verifies time, provides extra details, show emotion of the caller, and provide a personal look at the events that occurred.

Evidence From The Scene

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? To prove your point and show how serious your personal injury accident was, provide evidence straight from the source.

  • Of the scene – Provide photos or videos that show what the weather was like, for example, if this was trucking, motorcycle, or auto accident.
  • Of injuries – Provide photos or videos that show the initial extent of your injuries.
  • Of road conditions – Show what road conditions were like if this was a trucking, motorcycle, or auto accident.
  • Of damage to property – Provide photos, videos, or audio clips describing damage to property. Damaged property could include everything from your vehicle to your phone.

Physical Evidence

  • Physical evidence can offer a compelling argument in your personal injury claim. Physical evidence isn’t just for when you’ve sustained a car accident injury, either. There are many personal injuries that can result in physical evidence for your case.
  • Clothing worn during the incident – Perhaps your clothing from that day is ripped, cut, or bloody. This can be a loud example of what your body went through when you sustained your injuries.
  • Damaged items – Was your phone smashed and broken? What about your laptop or any other valuable items you own?

Medical Reports

As you began your recovery from your personal injury, you first met with a doctor. Your doctor should make medical reports of all the appointments you had together. This can include everything, from emergency room records to autopsy reports and rehabilitation reports.

  • Initial doctor’s examination – When you very first meet with a doctor, they’ll examine you and provide a report detailing what they see.
  • Follow-up examinations – Not all injuries are immediately obvious, which is why reports of follow-up examinations are equally important. This will document your rate of recovery and what it entails, along with any other injuries that result from the accident.
  • Second opinions – Second opinions can give your examinations more weight in court, especially against a tough defense.
  • Reports from a specialist – For even more validity behind your claims, provide medical reports from appointments with a specialist.

Statements

  • Now is the time for statements, which you often hear about during personal injury settlements. Your personal injury attorney should encourage you to get as many authentic statements as possible.
  • From witnesses – Individuals who saw or heard the accident and have relevant information about any aspect of it should provide a statement.
  • From victims – This could be a statement from yourself (the victim) or any other victims involved. These are among the most important documents in your personal injury claim. Your personal injury attorney should work hard to determine if you or another victim provided statements or information to any other party. These statements have the potential to weaken your claim.
  • From your journal or personal notes – Following your accident, we recommend keeping a detailed journal to document pain, treatments, suffering, and more that you experience following your accident.

Insurance

Obviously, insurance comes into the picture with personal injury claims. Even if insurance isn’t covering everything you’d like (as it likely isn’t), you should gather everything so your personal injury attorney can make sure you’re being treated fairly.

  • Your insurance information – Your personal injury attorney will comb through your insurance to make sure you get the coverage you deserve. Our personal injury firm has extensive experience with making sure insurance companies treat you fairly.
  • The other party’s insurance information – This can help establish expectations and boundaries.
  • Communication with insurance companies – If you communicated with any other insurance company (such as the other party’s insurance provider), then your personal injury attorney will need a record of it.

W-2 Forms

Many personal injury claims can provide for any wages you missed out on because of your personal injury — if you prove you lost wages while recovering. Providing W-2 forms for the period leading up to and during your recovery can prove your financial loss.

Bills

  • And, last but not least, you’ll need to provide receipts and bills showing expenses caused by your personal injury accident.
  • Repair invoices and estimates – If you were in a trucking, motorcycle, or other auto accident, provide invoices and estimates for repairs.
  • Medical bills – Provide bills from the hospital for care and supplies, along with any receipts from payments you’ve made.
  • Travel bills – If family traveled to take care of you and provide you with care following your accident, record their expenses and give them to your personal injury attorney as evidence.

Work With A Colorado Personal Injury Attorney Today

Throughout Fort Collins, Denver Metro, Golden, Colorado Springs, and other parts of Colorado, Metier Law Firm is for you if you’ve sustained a drastic injury that is negatively influencing your life. Our personal injury attorneys have extensive experience with representing clients in court and making sure they get personal injury settlements that will protect them now and in the future. Contact us today for a risk-free consultation with a personal injury attorney.