As the plaintiff of a personal injury claim, you carry the burden of proof. Meaning, you have the responsibility of providing the court with a sufficient amount of evidence that shows how your injuries and damages are a direct result of the defendant’s negligence in your accident. You may likely conclude that this is no easy task. Follow along to find out what documents you need for your claim and how a proficient Pasco County, Florida injury lawyer at Wendy Doyle-Palumbo, Esq. can help you in collecting them.
What documents do I need to prepare for my personal injury claim?
You may assume that photos alone are the extent of documentation you require for your personal injury claim. However, this would have you sadly mistaken. Examples of the documents you need to prepare for your claim may include, but may not be limited to, the following:
- A copy of your official accident report, which should have been created by a law enforcement officer while at the scene of your accident.
- A copy of the security camera footage of your accident, which should be released by the property owner of where your accident occurred.
- Any oral or written testimonies of your accident, which should be given by witnesses that saw how your accident occurred.
- Any testimonies by your loved ones, which should explain how your incurred injuries have affected your quality of life.
- All medical records pertaining to your accident, which should explain the date, time, and seriousness of your injuries.
- All medical bills pertaining to your accident, which should explain the cost of reaching a full physical recovery.
It is important to note that you may also need to prepare a Notice of Claim if your personal injury accident was in the form of a slip and fall on a state, county, or city-owned property. This is because you cannot proceed with suing a state, county, or city-owned entity, or one of its employees, without first giving them a “heads up.”
What is the deadline for collecting these documents?
Understandably so, it may take you a while to gather all of this documentation. Though, you must keep in mind that there is a deadline in place for submitting these documents alongside your personal injury claim. The statute of limitations for this claim in the state of Florida is usually two years. This countdown starts on the date on which your accident occurred.
You must also be aware that there is a separate, shorter deadline for submitting a Notice of Claim. With all that being considered, if you are ready and willing to kickstart your claim, then you must employ a talented Pasco County, Florida injury lawyer today. We look forward to working alongside you.