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Managing the paper chase after a crash

 Posted on December 23, 2020 in Auto Accidents


Illinois is one of the top commuter states in the country. Every day, tens of thousands of people drive in and out of Cook County alone. And for the most part, many of these trips end uneventfully.

In fact, Illinois ranks as the 13th best state for commuters to drive in, according to research by WalletHub. However, considering the number of cars there are on the road, the unpredictable weather and the time we spend in our cars on these commutes, it is no surprise that accidents happen.

If you get into an accident, there can be a lot of details to manage. In addition to reporting the accident and seeking medical treatment for injuries, you may also choose to pursue compensation for damages. And this can mean a lot of paperwork.

Paperwork to retain

After a crash, you should make every effort to collect and keep track of the following documents:

  • List of people involved in and witness to the accident
  • Written description of what happened
  • Police reports
  • Medical bills
  • Prescriptions
  • Work schedules, including the days and hours you could not work after the crash
  • Pay stubs
  • Schedules of doctor visits
  • Receipts for any additional service or product you require as a result of your injuries

This can be a lot to keep manage, but thorough documentation can make it easier to build a case for maximum compensation. As such, if you are unsure of whether you should hold on to a note or receipt, the safe bet is to keep it.

That said, there are other critical pieces of information that may not come to you in writing or any other form. Such evidence might include accident reconstruction findings, surveillance video footage and even cellphone records. This information can be a critical component of a personal injury claim, so you can work with an attorney to secure it.

Should you decide to pursue a legal claim, don't wait to seek legal help. The attorneys at Kaiser Hafezi Law can help you assess your situation and legal options. You may contact our office to schedule a free consultation.

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