Collecting Important Information
The following information should be gathered to help document and support your accident claim. By getting and keeping this information, you will be in a better position to discuss your case with Romano & Associates, PLLC, and providing us with this information will speed your case preparation and ultimately, resolution.
Other driver. Get the other driver’s information, including their name, driver’s license number, license plate number, insurance company name and policy number, and vehicle registration information, including the name of the vehicle’s owner. If the driver is not the owner of the car involved, make note of their relationship. This information will help Romano & Associates, PLLC, locate the at-fault driver so that a claim can be made.
Photographs. If safe to do so, take pictures of the accident scene and vehicles with your camera. Even photographs taken with your cell phone are helpful and important.
Police. Ask for responding police officers’ names, what department they are with, their contact information, the number of their report, and the date the report will be available. The police officers’ report will contain the officer’s observations about the accident and will help present your claim for resolution.
Witnesses. If there are any witnesses, get their names and contact information, including address and phone numbers. Often, this information is lost or forgotten, and can be very important to your claim. If an ambulance or tow truck comes to the accident, take the names of the units so that they may also be contacted. Often, ambulance personnel make reports that are important after the accident.
Medical treatment and expenses. Create a log of all medical treatment you receive that is related to your accident, including hospital, emergency room, and doctor’s office visits. Write down the facility where you receive treatment, the name of the doctor or other professional who you see, and the date of treatment. Make note of any tests you receive such as x-rays and MRIs. If you are referred for follow-up treatments, such as physical therapy or chiropractic care, record this information, the reason for the referral and the dates of treatment. If you are prescribed medicine, record the name of the medicine and the pharmacy where the prescription was filled.
Pain and recovery. Your medical treatment is only a part of your recovery from your injuries. As best you can, keep a journal of your injuries and how they have affected your life. Document how the injuries you sustained interfere with your daily life, your daily activities, and the progress of your recovery. Take pictures of your injuries, so that your injury, and your recovery, is well documented.
Lost wages and time off work. Keep track of the time you are unable to work because of the accident. Time off work includes the time you are off due to physical injury and the time you miss from work in order to visit doctors and receive follow-up treatments. Ask your employer to complete Romano & Associates, PLLC‘s Wage Loss Verification Form to verify your lost time.
Car damages and other expenses. Keep copies of all estimates and costs to repair your car. In addition to your medical bills and car repairs, you may have other costs which may be recovered. Keep all of your receipts for expenses such as bandages, heating pads, and non-prescription medicines. Also, if you have to hire others to do things like cut the grass or take care of your children while you recover, these costs may be recoverable. If unsure, keep the receipt and let Romano & Associates, PLLC, determine if it should be included in your claim.
By keeping records of your accident, medical treatment, recovery, lost wages and damages, you will help Romano & Associates, PLLC, prepare your case for maximum recovery from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.