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Even if, in hindsight, it is obvious who was responsible for the accident that caused your injuries, any personal injury claim you pursue is only as strong as the evidence you provide. Regardless of how severe your injuries are, you will have to present a considerable amount of documentation in order to recover full financial compensation for your damages.

The issue of what documents are required in a personal injury case will depend on the type of accident and vary slightly from victim to victim. Keeping that in mind, listed below is a basic summary of what you should have on hand. Any documentation you are able to provide will also help the Virginia personal injury attorneys from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp protect your rights and give you the best possible chance at a successful resolution to your case.

Medical Records

In order to receive civil restitution following a negligence-based accident, you will have to prove the nature and severity of your injuries. You will also have to supply documentation that shows what medical care you have received and will continue to receive in the future before you have fully recovered or maximum medical improvement is reached. 

Every single report and file that any healthcare provider created while treating, diagnosing, or examining you for a personal injury should be included in your settlement demand or lawsuit. This can include records from before the accident in order to show how it altered your physical condition for the worse.

Receipts and Bills for All Financial Damages

After you have demonstrated that you were injured during the accident, you need to furnish objective proof that confirms the exact dollar amount of your accident-related damages. Be ready to show bills and receipts for all of your medical care and treatments, vehicle replacement or repairs, rental car expenses, in-home care, prescription drugs, physical therapy, and even tax returns and pay stubs that highlight the impact your injury has had on your finances. 


Although it will not apply to every single case, if you have any form of insurance coverage that might provide you with financial compensation after your accident, you should have your policy documents reviewed by a personal injury lawyer. Taking advantage of every form of coverage available to you could be essential to maximizing your economic recovery. This is especially true if the person liable for your accident is lacking in personal assets or does not have insurance to cover your damages.

Police Reports and Reports From Other Sources

Valid, reliable documents pertaining to how your accident took place can be crucial when it comes to building a strong personal injury case. For instance, a police crash report that was filed after a car accident could prove that one of the drivers involved committed a driving infraction that was the proximate cause of your accident. Against the backdrop of a medical malpractice case, testimony from medical experts is vital to proving that a healthcare professional violated the applicable standard of care.

Personal Statements and Records

It is to your advantage to keep personal records as you recover from a personal injury. They will help to document the negative influence that the emotional trauma and physical pain have had on you, your life, and your family. Similar documentation provided by close friends and family members can also be advantageous in this regard. 

Do You Need Help Gathering Documentation for a Virginia Personal Injury Case?

One of the reputable Virginia personal injury attorneys from Shapiro, Washburn & Sharp can discuss what documents will be the most beneficial to your case during a private consultation. We understand the stress and anxiety that come with trying to keep ahead of medical bills, calls from insurance adjustors, and lost income while you are trying to recover. Schedule an appointment by calling us at (833) 997-1774 or filling out our online form.

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