After you are injured in a car accident in Inverness, Crystal River, Homosassa or Dunnellon and have decided to meet with a Citrus County Auto Accident Attorney, there are several things you can bring with you to help your case. To best determine how much your claim is worth, you need to bring specific items with you so that your attorney can fully understand the circumstances surrounding your collision and injuries.
Car Accident/ Florida Crash/ Driver Exchange of Information Report
Make sure that you have a copy of the accident report or drivers exchange report. Police should always be called to a crash site when there is property damage or personal injury. This is a crucial piece of evidence that can help your attorney determine if you have a valid claim. This report usually identifies who the at-fault driver was, both parties insurance information, names of police officers at the scene, names of any witnesses and if anyone was given a traffic citation.
Photographs of Crash Site
Any time you can get pictures of the scene immediately after a crash occurs, the better your attorney can understand the accident. If you are unable to take pictures of the crash site right away, make sure to snap some photographs of your injuries or any damages to your vehicle.
Medical Records or Doctors Reports
If you saw a doctor or were taken to the emergency room after your accident, bring any medical reports with you to your first meeting with your attorney. Official documentation by a medical professional is a key piece of evidence in a car accident case. Your doctor or physician should be able to provide records that your injuries are a direct result of the collision.
Proof of Auto Insurance and Health Insurance
Bring a copy of your auto insurance policy and insurance card at your initial meeting with your lawyer. This can show your attorney the coverage included under your insurance policy. Additionally, bring along your health insurance, Medicare or Medicaid cards. In the past, PIP covered any medical bills up to $10,000, but due to recent changes, starting Jan. 1 2013 only those diagnosed with an “emergency medical condition” by medical professionals will be able to receive the full $10,000 benefit.
Those suffering less severe injuries will only be eligible for $2,500 for medical treatment. Despite possibly receiving less coverage, your attorney will need to contact health insurance providers and let them know about your accident and injuries.
Any Previous Accident Injuries
Be prepared to talk with your lawyer about any prior accidents or injuries. When you provide this information your attorney can document the type of injury, when and where it occurred and whether you were involved in a previous personal injury
Your Description of the Accident
Write down exactly how you believe the accident occurred as soon as possible, so it is still fresh in your mind. Your attorney can cross reference your version of events with the accident report to make sure there were no police errors or false statements made.
Meeting with the Citrus County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton
It is very important to be prepared when you meet with an injury attorney regarding your car accident case. The above pieces of information can help your lawyer decide if there is enough evidence available to push forward with your case. If you or someone you love was injured in an auto accident in Inverness, Crystal River, Beverly Hills, Lecanto, Homosassa, Dunnellon, Hernando, Sugarmill Woods, Citrus Springs or Floral City, contact the Citrus County Auto Accident Attorneys at Whittel & Melton online or call 352-726-0078 for a free evaluation of your case.