The time after a car accident can be confusing, traumatic and even chaotic. You could be injured, out of work, juggling doctor’s appointments or even without transportation. But it’s important for you to know that you have options–and you have a right to protect your own interests, especially if the insurers are telling you otherwise.

There could be a lot to expect–a lot of bills and a lot of expenses. To get prepared for the process following an accident, especially if you need to file a personal injury claim against the at-fault party, you’ll need to keep track of actions you take and the documentation you receive. All of this documentation will be crucial in filing your claim, getting your compensation or even going to trial.

This is why it’s important to retain legal counsel when you need to file a personal injury claim following a car accident.

In this blog post, we will review the types of documentation your attorney might need if they represent you in a car accident personal injury claim. Generally speaking, it’s important to keep track of any items or information you may receive in connection with your injuries from a car accident. 

Medical Documentation

As soon as possible following the accident, you should receive medical attention from a healthcare provider. Depending upon the nature of the accident, you may even receive treatment at the scene or be transported to the hospital.

Even if you feel that your injuries are minor, you should always receive medical attention as soon as possible following the accident. The sooner you receive treatment, the sooner injuries can be addressed–and the sooner you can heal.

But even beyond physical healing, the sooner you start documenting medical treatment, the stronger your personal injury claim could be.

What are the types of medical documentation your personal injury lawyer would need to help you file a claim? Here are just a few examples:

Medical Records – You will want to include any medical records that exist from after the accident (which would include treatment for injuries), but medical records from before the accident might be relevant as well if you had existing injuries that were made worse by the accident itself. It is also important to note that requesting medical records may take a long time, so request them as soon as possible so that your personal injury attorney may use them in your claim. 

Medical Bills – Any doctors’ or therapists’ bills from injury treatment would be relevant to your personal injury lawyer. Be sure to keep careful track of every appointment, every note and every bill. But medical-related expenses could also include hotel bills for having to travel for treatment, bills for medical equipment you may have needed to use, and any medical leave you were forced to take from work. 

Not only will you have to provide evidence of an injury diagnosed by a medical professional, but you may also receive compensation to pay for those bills. 

Injury Diary – Sometimes, it may be hard to recall all of the medications, treatments, therapies you had to take and how much pain you experienced after the accident. This is especially true for accident victims whose cases last several months. That’s why an injury diary is a good idea to keep track of how your life was affected by the injury from the accident. It will help you remember, in detail, important points about your experience.

Accident Documentation

If you are able, you should always take pictures following a car accident and document the scene. This includes getting the other parties’ information (insurance and driver’s license information), making note of the weather conditions and time of day, and any police report.

This accident documentation will be crucial for your personal injury claim. If your case goes to trial and fault must be established, the nature of the accident–including the evidence–will be called into question.

Insurance Information 

When you experience a car accident due to someone else’s negligence, you should always provide your legal counsel with any existing insurance policies you may currently hold. This will be important when your attorney must deal with the insurers during the claim process. 

It’s important to note that while you must work with insurance companies during the aftermath of an accident, they do not always have your best interests in mind. Their goal is to make sure they have to pay out as little compensation as possible.

This could mean trying to get you to sign away your rights early on in the process or delaying the process entirely so that you are prevented from even being compensated at all. This is why it’s important that your attorney has access to insurance information and all other documentation. 

Next Steps

So what do you do after you’ve been injured in an accident? First, you want to ensure your own personal safety and the safety of those in your vehicle. This could mean something as simple as moving the car from the traffic lanes or getting medical attention. You also want to document the scene of the accident in as much detail as possible. If you can’t take notes, you might want to use your phone to record an audio note of your thoughts or record a video. 

After that, you want to make sure you are assessed by a medical professional for any underlying injuries. Many times, car accident injuries aren’t immediately apparent and might cause victims to put off going to the hospital or seeing their doctor. If medical attention is delayed, it could cause the injury to worsen. 

After you’ve received medical attention, it’s important to secure your rights. At Castan & Lecca, we have a team of experienced attorneys that want to hear your story. Call us today for a free consultation of your case. 

The Takeaway 

So what’s next? Overall, it’s important to know that you should document everything you are able to after being in an accident. We know it’s tough, especially if you’ve been injured. But you are not alone.

At Castan & Lecca, we can help you keep track of every piece of documentation connected to the car accident and the personal injury claim–everything from transportation bills to doctor’s bills. Keeping track of this information will not only help you prove your case, but it will make sure you get the compensation you need for your recovery. 

We offer free consultations of car accident cases, so give us a call today. We want to hear your story.

 

 

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MICHAEL BOESCHEN

Attorney

Michael Boeschen (Mike) was born in Wichita, KS and raised in Chattanooga, TN. Mike graduated from The McCallie School and went on to study history, Spanish, and Latin American Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from the University Of Georgia School Of Law. During law school, Mike participated in the Legal Aid Clinic, assisting in the defense of indigent criminal defendants. Mike has been licensed to practice law in Georgia since 2002 and his main practice area consists of representing injured workers as they navigate through the Georgia workers’ compensation system. Mike is also fluent in Spanish. In his spare time Mike enjoys following soccer, cooking, and spending time with his wife and two young daughters. Mike and his family are parishioners of the Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Sandy Springs, GA

CHRISTIAN PECONE

Attorney

ED DENKER

Attorney

Edward Denker was born in Philadelphia, PA but has made Georgia his home since 1999. He graduated from the Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. He then earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Georgia. Edward spent his first years in practice representing clients in personal injury and wrongful death claims. He then spent more than a decade honing his litigation skills representing employers and insurers in workers’ compensation claims, where he gained immense experience and knowledge of how insurers defend those claims. In 2017, Edward returned to his passion of representing people who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others. When he isn’t working, Edward enjoys spending time with his wife and their two children. He is also an avid sports fan, and enjoys cooking and travel

ILIANA DOBREV

Attorney

Iliana Dobrev was born in Bulgaria. After high school, she immigrated to the United States to study law. She graduated magna cum laude from Georgia State University with a Bachelor’s in political science concentrating on pre-law and minoring in Spanish. In 2015, she graduated from Georgia State University College of Law. While in law school, Iliana completed a Graduate Research Assistantship in Labor and Employment Law and Employment Discrimination and two externships in Immigration Law. As an immigrant herself, Iliana is passionate about advocating for and defending immigrants. She is delighted to help families stay together and pursue the American dream. Iliana is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and worked in both a fellowship and a firm specializing in immigration law. Iliana is fluent in Bulgarian and Spanish

KEN THAXTON

Attorney

Ken Thaxton was born and raised in Roberta, GA. When Ken was a child, his father started a trucking business, which Ken ultimately spent over ten years working with through his late teens and twenties. Ken graduated from Houston County High School in Warner Robins, GA in 2001 with a 4.0 GPA. He then studied Business and Information Technology at Macon State College, ultimately graduating with a 4.0 GPA in 2004. After graduation, Ken continued to work with his father’s trucking company, and in late 2005, Ken and his father started an aircraft charter company, Southern Jet, Inc., under Part 135 of the Federal Aviation Regulations. Ken served as President of Southern Jet from 2006 until 2010, when he and his father sold the company. Ken is a Commercially Licensed Instrument, Multi-Engine Pilot. While serving as President of Southern Jet, Ken started Law School at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2009. Ken focused primarily on business and civil law, including Workers’ Compensation, while at UGA. He graduated Cum Laude and in the top 25% of his class from UGA Law in 2012. Ken is a licensed to practice law in the State of Georgia, and he is also a licensed neutral (mediator) in the State of Georgia. Ken represents small businesses in transactional matters and business conflicts, and he also represents injured workers and Plaintiffs injured in cases of negligence. During his spare time, Ken enjoys swimming, cycling, sporting clays, and fishing. He also does charity work with a national scholarship fund

ALEXANDER LECCA

Attorney

Alexander Lecca (Alex) was born in Miami, Florida to immigrant parents from Cuba and Peru. Alex graduated from Coral Gables High School, where he was a recipient of the Elsa Glazer Award (given to students who graduate with a 3.5 GPA and above). He went on to study marketing at the University of Miami School of Business Administration. At the University of Miami he was also a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. After graduation, he went on to pursue a law degree from St. Thomas University School of Law. In law school, Alex received several book awards and graduated Cum Laude. During law school Alex clerked for the Honorable Beth Bloom, had an internship with the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office, and clerked for a prestigious litigation law firm. Alex is licensed to practice law in both Georgia and Florida and handles workers’ compensation and personal injury cases. He is also a registered mediator with the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Alex is also fluent in Spanish. During his spare time, Alex enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and four children. He also helps coach his children’s baseball, football, basketball, and soccer teams. Alex and his family are parishioners of St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church

DANIEL CASTAN 

Attorney

Dan Castan is a senior partner at Castan and Lecca, PC in Buckhead and represents injured workers before the State Board of Workers’ Compensation and plaintiffs in State and Superior Courts of Georgia for injuries suffered in accidents. Dan litigated one of the seminal claims securing the rights of undocumented workers to receive Workers’ Compensation benefits in the state of Georgia when injured in the case of Wet Walls, Inc. vs. Ledesma. Dan has successfully fought and settled multi million dollar cases. He was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey to immigrant parents from Cuba. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College and received his Juris Doctor from The Washington College of Law at The American University in Washington D.C.  Dan was admitted to the Georgia Bar in November, 1993.  He is an active member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, Atlanta Bar Association and the Workers’ Compensation Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Dan is a founding member and Director of the Latino Victory Fund Georgia and serves on the Board of The Latin American Association. Dan has been dedicated to getting Latinos elected to local, state and Federal offices in Georgia. He has been a Big Brother through Big Brothers and Sisters of Metro Atlanta and a mentor through The Latin American Association’s mentor/mentee program. Dan is married with two children.