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Keeping Records After a Florida Car Accident

Posted by Fred Koberlein, Jr. | Jan 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

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When you are injured in a car accident, the success of your lawsuit may hinge upon the information you are able to provide during the court process. You need to be able to prove that the other driver was at fault and prove the extent of injuries you suffer, and your records are going to be the core of this proof. Here is an overview of how keeping records after a Florida car accident can help you get the personal injury compensation you deserve to make you whole again.

Keeping Records After a Florida Car Accident

Immediately after the accident, as you begingathering information, keep a journal of everyone you speak to, the conversations you have, and any relevant information about the accident. The more detailed the information you have, the better you will be.

Police Reports

If a police officer visits the scene of your accident, they will be required to prepare and file a report of the incident. This report is a matter of public record and you should always request a copy for your files. The report will contain vital information such as violations of traffic laws, the statements of all drivers and witnesses, and a description of the circumstances and possible causes.

Obtaining a police report is a matter of contacting the law enforcement agency and providing them with the name, date and accident location, the names of all drivers involved and the name and badge number of the officer who responded to the scene.

Medical Records

Whenever you are involved in an accident you should be seen by a doctor even if you don't feel injured. Keep detailed records of any and all medical treatments and visits you undergo. This includes physical therapy, ER visits, urgent care clinics, doctor's appointments, medication, diagnoses and all interactions you have with any healthcare professionals.  More than once we have experienced inaccurate records in clients' medical files which insurance companies focus on to justify a lower amount of compensation.  It is important that you keep records of your visits just in case an employee at a medical office is documenting your file and makes an error (they are human).

This information will be vital in proving the amount of compensation for recovery to which you are entitled.

Income and Wages

Gather all evidence of your wages and income, including tax paperwork, pay stubs and the like. You may be entitled to compensation for lost income and lost opportunities, and the amount you make at work will be an important factor in determining the amount you can claim.  Many attorneys do not realize that you may be eligible for lost opportunities.

Vehicle Status and Repair Information

Gather all information you can about your car—the year, make, model, VIN and Blue Book value, as well as detailed records of any and all repairs and damage estimates that are done. You may be able to secure this information from your insurance company, or directly from the repair facility (or facilities) you use.

Of course, you should always seek representation by an expert Florida personal injury attorney. There are a lot of potential pitfalls when dealing with an auto accident, and an attorney will make sure that you've got someone in your corner to fight for your rights every step of the way, and be sure that you get properly compensated so you can get back on your feet and enjoy life once more. For a free consultation of your case, please give us a call today or email us with questions.

About the Author

Fred Koberlein, Jr.

Fred Koberlein is a trial attorney who opened Koberlein Law Offices after acquiring extensive legal experience in three legal practice areas, which are: personal injury law; criminal defense; and local government matters which require you to appear or present your matter before your local government Boards, government Councils, and government Agencies. Mr. Koberlein began trial preparation through an externship as a legal clerk with the Judges of the Third Judicial Circuit for Florida prior to his graduation from the University of Florida, College of Law.  After law school Mr. Koberlein was dedicated to becoming a trial attorney and worked with the Public Defender's Office from 2004 to 2007, where he was promoted to handling felony cases within eight months of hire.  Mr.  Koberlein has handled over 1500 criminal cases ranging from possession of cannabis, DUI, serious felonies, white-collar crimes, violations of probation hearings, and countless motion hearings. Mr.  Koberlein began practicing in the areas of personal injury and insurance defense during 2006.  Mr. Koberlein's experience in prosecuting personal injury claims against those insurance companies he was not representing and defending other insurance companies and their customers provided a unique experience where he was able to learn what each side anticipates from the opposing party.Next, Mr. Koberlein was hired by a City to defend the City's interests and three additional Cities quickly followed and retained Mr. Koberlein to protect their interests.  Currently, Mr. Koberlein represents a total of four (4) municipalities in the North Florida area.  As Mr. Koberlein focused on civil litigation he remained passionate about representing individuals charged with misdemeanor and felony crimes as well as civil litigation issues. Mr.  Koberlein has the experience and reputation to negotiate a favorable resolution in your matter, and if that is not possible, to provide the best, most zealous trial representation available.  Utilizing competent and trusted investigators and experts, your case will be prepared so that the best result will be achieved.  If you or a loved one is hurt, damaged, or is facing criminal charges, you want a qualified, hard-working attorney who will explain your options to you in a straightforward, commonsense, and honest manner. Education and Practice Experience: University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida; Bachelor of Science, 1997 University of South Florida; Tampa, Florida; 1998 University of Florida, College of Law; Gainesville, Florida; 2003 Bar and Court Admissions: Florida Bar, 2004 – Present All 67 Counties in Florida All 20 Circuits in Florida U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida Professional and Civic Activities: Florida Bar Trial Lawyers, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Business Law Section, 2007 – Present Florida Bar Criminal Law Section, 2004 – Present Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2004 – Present Third Judicial Bar Association, 2004 – Present Mr.  Koberlein is committed to his clients and devotes himself to protecting their interests from the beginning to the end of their case.  Mr. Koberlein has spent his career helping clients defend themselves against criminal charges, fight insurance companies, and proceed through the bureaucratic process of local governments.  Mr. Koberlein welcomes the opportunity to meet with you and evaluate your legal needs and provide you with an experienced and competent analysis.

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