How to Properly Document Property Damage

Accidents happen and the aftermath of these accidents is overwhelming.

Whether it’s a car accident, slip-and-fall, or any other incident that results in personal injury, documentation of the event is crucial in ensuring you receive the compensation you need and deserve. 

This blog post will explain the steps to take when documenting property damage

But first, if you’re unfamiliar with the basics of property damage, check out our blog post, Property Damage 101. You’ll learn the definition of property damage, common types of property damage claims, and the property damage laws in Florida.

How to Properly Document Property Damage

Below are nine helpful steps to consider if you experience property damage. 

Safety First

Before you start the documentation process, always prioritize your safety and the safety of others involved. Once you know everyone is safe, begin documenting the property damage. 

Contact Law Enforcement

A police report is valuable evidence when documenting property damage. Be sure to obtain a copy for your records. 

Document the Scene

Take pictures and videos of the accident scene from multiple angles. This includes close-ups of the property damage. Your goal is to capture the extent of the damage to your property. 

Report Damage to Personal Belongings

If any of your belongings, like clothing, electronics, or other valuable items, were damaged in the incident, document their condition with pictures and videos. Visual evidence helps articulate the extent of the damage and losses. 

Collect Witness Information

If witnesses were at the scene, get their contact information. This includes their first name, last name, email address, and telephone number. Their account of the accident is crucial in your case. 

Get Repair Estimates

Reach out to reputable professionals for written repair estimates. Whether it’s an auto body shop for your car or a contractor for property damage to your house, for example, a detailed repair estimate adds a layer of credibility to your claim. Include your estimates in your documentation to strengthen your case of the financial impact. 

Preserve Physical Evidence

Keep any physical evidence related to the property damage. This could be anything from torn clothing and damaged items to any objects involved in the incident. Keep these items safe, as they can be used as tangible proof to support your claim. 

Keep Detailed Notes

Maintain a written record of the incident, including the date, time, weather conditions, and any immediate actions you took. Include a detailed description of the damage and your conversations with law enforcement and insurance companies. The notes you take will serve as a chronological reference when recounting the events later. 

Consult a Personal Injury Attorney

As Tampa personal injury attorneys, we specialize in property damage claims. When you work with us, you can rest assured we’ll go above and beyond to get you the compensation you deserve. 
If you’re ready to file a property damage claim, contact us today and book your free case evaluation.