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What kind of documents do you need for a personal injury claim?

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Crashes

If you are hurt as a result of another party’s fault, you should consider filing for compensation for your injury, property damage and lost wages. However, to file a successful claim, it is important that you gather the right documentation.

The right documentation for your Missouri personal injury claim can mean the difference between getting the compensation you deserve and getting nothing at all. The specific documentation you will need for your claim depends entirely on the facts of your case.

Here is some of the documentation you may need to prepare for your personal injury claim in Missouri.

Medical records

A big part of your personal injury claim is in proving that you actually got hurt in the first place. It is, therefore, important that you keep copies of any medical records that you can directly link to your injury. Be sure to keep copies of your treatment costs as well as any ongoing therapy or medications you are taking.

Alongside the medical records, be sure to keep copies of any extra costs arising from your injury. If you hire someone to deliver your groceries or drive the kids to school because you are unable to do these yourself thanks to your injury, ask for an invoice and keep all records of payment.

Photos of the accident scene and your injuries

A picture is worth a thousand words. This is especially true when proving your personal injury claim. Photos of the accident scene, bruises you sustained and anything related to the accident that resulted in your injury can go a long way in proving negligence or recklessness on the other party. You should also take periodic photos of your injury as you heal.

Police report

If you are involved in a car accident in Missouri, you will be required to get the police report if someone is hurt or if property damage is worth $500 or more. A law enforcement officer’s account of what happened during the accident can be critical when proving your case against the negligent party.

If you are dealing with a legal matter like a personal injury claim, having detailed and organized documentation is vital. Keeping proper documentation can greatly boost your chances of winning your claim and getting the compensation you deserve.