After an accident, if you or a loved one sustained injuries, you likely can recover compensation for your lost wages, medical expenses and other damages. You might wonder how to best prepare for a personal injury case and initial meetings.

To pursue a case against the at-fault party, you must provide certain evidence and documentation to the court and insurance company.

Police report

If the police have a record of the accident that caused your injuries, get a copy of the official report. This document can include essential details about the accident (e.g., location and date) and help establish fault.

Pictures and videos

Capturing photograph or video evidence of the scene of the accident, plus the progression of your injuries, can help support a complete story of the incident. Using these pictures as evidence can help determine who is culpable and show the extent of your physical injuries.

Medical records

Your medical records will contain details of your injuries. Collect documentation from your appointments, such as emergency room reports, medication lists, test results and doctor’s remarks. Save any receipts related to your care.

Witness information

Gathering contact information and statements from witnesses to the accident can help paint the whole picture. Collect the names, phone numbers and addresses of the people involved.

Insurance policy

Have your insurance policy information and the contact information for the other party. Swiftly locating this information can help get the insurance claims process underway more quickly.

Paystubs and bills

Save your paystubs and note any work missed because of your injuries. Also, collect other related bills from the car mechanic, physical therapist, medical masseuse and more.

Gathering these documents and preparing to discuss the accident’s effect on your life can help you make the most out of your case consultation.

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