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Personal Injury Checklist

If you’ve been involved in a personal injury, there may be a lot of information that you will need to keep track of. You may wish to create a “personal injury checklist” to help you keep everything in order. This is a list of all the important data and documents that might be used when initiating a personal injury lawsuit or legal claim.  

When making your checklist, it helps to organize your list into two different categories: “Important Information” and “Documents.” For example, you may wish to write your list as follows:

Important Information:

  • Contact information of the party that caused your injury or injuries
  • Contact information of any other persons involved in the event
  • Date, location, and circumstances of the accident
  • Names and contact information of any witnesses or persons you spoke to immediately after the accident
  • Name, address, and contact number of the emergency room or hospital you visited after the injury
  • Contact information of all the physicians who treated or examined you
  • Information regarding insurance policies, both for your insurance company and the other party that was involved
  • Dates of work periods that you missed due to the injury or accident
  • Any other important data, statistics, or contact information

Documents:

  • Police reports or accident reports
  • Written statements from the opposing party and from key witnesses
  • Medical coverage policies
  • Hospital bills, medical bills, pharmaceutical receipts, bills from visits to the chiropractor, etc.
  • Insurance policy statements
  • Other major policies, such as medical coverage, work benefits, and veteran’s insurance
  • All correspondences/letters from the opposite party, witnesses, and third-party operators such as insurance companies or government agencies
  • Receipts for expenses related to the injury, especially for damaged property
  • Pay stubs (if you have lost wages on account of the accident)
  • A list of any questions you may have when interviewing your personal injury lawyer
  • Any photos or video footage of the accident and the scene of the incident immediately following the event

As you can see, there may be a lot of information to process, even for claims that seem to be straight-forward. Be sure to make copies of the documents and to verify that all the information is correct- these can be used as evidence if you decide to file a lawsuit.  Also, it is helpful to make a written account of the event (like a diary entry), so that you can record the details for later reference.

How Can a Lawyer Help with a Personal Injury?

You may wish to hire a personal injury lawyer for assistance with your personal injury claim. Your personal injury lawyer can help you compile the information and documents in preparation for a lawsuit. Personal injury laws can be quite different from state to state, so be sure to inquire with an attorney if you need help with the rules in your area. 

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, LegalMatch Law Library Managing Editor and Attorney at Law

Last Modified: 06-19-2018 06:25 PM PDT

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