You were involved in an accident with a large truck in Boca Raton, FL and believe you might be entitled to compensation for the injuries you suffered and/or the damage your vehicle sustained. You’ve already contacted the other party’s insurer to notify them of the accident but still aren’t sure how extensive your injuries might be. You don’t know how much you might be entitled to as you are currently undergoing medical treatment (i.e. therapy, chiropractic care, etc.) to help ease the pain you are experiencing.
Because your claim is still open and you aren’t exactly sure what your damages (i.e. medical bills, lost wages, etc.) are worth, you must start writing everything down so that when it comes time for the adjuster to assess your losses, he/she takes into account what all of your physical and financial losses actually are.
What exactly should I be documenting?
- Every time you feel pain.
Be sure to document how severe the pain is at the moment you feel it. For example, if you begin to feel neck pain or suffer from a headache during the night, be sure to write this down along with the date and time of when it happened. You will want to do this each time you feel any type of pain, even if it is mild. These notes will not only paint a picture as to how the collision has affected you physically, but they can also have an impact on how much the insurer pays you. In the event you decide to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver, then having these notes will definitely support your case.
- Every penny you have spent or lost as a result of the accident and injuries you suffered.
While a Boca Raton, FL truck accident lawyer will tell you to keep any receipts for any medical expenses you have already paid (hospital bills, doctors’ visits, copays, etc.), you should also keep a record of every penny you have had to spend or lost as a result of the wreck. This includes:
- Money spent on parking meters.
- Money spent on gas that was used to get to and from the hospital, rehabilitation, doctors’ offices, etc.
- The money you would have earned had you been able to work.
- Any promotions you would have received had you still been working.
- Any bonuses you were in line to receive but didn’t as a result of the accident.
- How the injury has impacted your life.
It is very important for you to document how the injury has impacted your life, down to you not being able to go to the gym daily like you once were able to. Whether you are filing a claim with the other driver’s insurer or filing a personal injury lawsuit, you need to be able to prove how the accident has impacted your life and your ability to enjoy it, not just how it has affected you physically. So, if you need help at home because you cannot clean or wash dishes or can only work for a few hours because your headaches or back pain becomes unbearable, this all needs to be documented.
How can I be sure I am receiving the compensation I am due?
If you want to be sure you are receiving the money you are due for the damages suffered in the truck accident, it is recommended that you consult with a Boca Raton, FL truck accident lawyer. The lawyers at the Law Offices of Oscar Syger can review the settlement the insurer has provided you with to decide if the amount is fair. If it is determined that the amount offered is inadequate compared to the damages suffered, an attorney can negotiate with the insurer in an effort to get the adjuster to increase their offer.
On the other hand, if you need to take your case a step further and file a personal injury lawsuit, then this FL truck accident law firm is qualified to provide you with the legal representation you will need to successfully do this.
The Law Offices of Oscar Syger can be reached at:
433 Plaza Real, Suite 275
Boca Raton, FL 33432