When you meet with me about your car, truck, tractor-trailer or motorcycle
accident, there a few items that will help me evaluate your case. I do
not expect you to have all of these. In fact, most of this you will not
have. This is not a problem though because we will obtain everything necessary.
If you were involved in a car, truck, or motorcycle accident, it is likely
that the police, Highway Patrol, or other authorities were called to the
scene of the accident. A copy of the Florida Crash Report can help your
attorney if witnesses report that the other driver was either responsible
or partially responsible for the accident. Note however, that the actual
Florida Crash Report is not admissible in your case.
In other words, if your case goes to trial, the jury will never get to
see the report. Therefore, it is even more important that you hire an
attorney who knows how to best use the information contained in the Florida
Crash Report. Fortunately, Florida Crash Reports are typically written
during or immediately after the accident when the witness’ memories
are still fresh.
If you are making a
personal injury claim based on physical injuries after an accident, use of a defective product,
or due to an error made by a doctor in your care, treatment, or diagnosis,
then your medical records are essential. Your personal injury attorney
should request a copy of your medical records to help establish that you
were injured, or, in a medical malpractice case, to help establish an error.
Severe injuries usually include head injuries, broken bones or severe cuts
and lacerations. Minor injuries are usually sprains and strains, commonly
referred to as “whiplash.” In some cases, a sprain or strain
may be more severe than initially diagnosed and cause life-long, permanent
limitations and pain.
Physical injuries are not the only type of injury that can occur during
or after an accident. The chaos of the accident can have an impact on
your psychological health as well. If you develop post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD), anxiety, or any other psychological condition, then a
report from your psychiatrist may help your attorney support your claims.
However, your personal injury attorney must also have an understanding
of the different types of psychological conditions and be skilled at questioning
the insurance company’s expert if necessary.